what to eat:
hiv/aids patients

Planning ahead is one of the most effective ways to deal with a loss of appetite. Patients with HIV/AIDS should consider eating multiple small meals throughout the day rather than two or three large meals.

Make sure your food choices are good choices. Stock up on foods high in calories and protein so they’re available when you need them. And include your favorite foods on your shopping list. Some foods that are rich in nutrients and protein include:

  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Canned tuna, chicken, or other sandwich spreads
  • Pudding cups
  • Boxed macaroni and cheese
  • Trail mix (dried fruit, nuts, cereals)
  • Nonfat dry milk powder
  • Creamed soups
  • Powdered breakfast drinks
  • Fruit in heavy syrup (canned or frozen)

Refrigerated and frozen foods can also contribute important nutrients to your diet. High-protein, high-calorie choices include:

  • Yogurt with fruit
  • Cheese and cottage cheese
  • Cold cuts, beef, poultry
  • Ice cream and sherbet
  • Hard cooked eggs or pasteurized eggs*

Commercial food supplements can also boost your caloric and nutrient intake. These products supply calories and protein in a variety of flavors and textures. Your treatment provider can provide more information about supplements.

*Raw or undercooked cracked eggs pose a danger of Salmonella infection. People with a compromised immune system are at greater than average risk of contracting salmonellosis.