This page describes small changes you can make to your diet that can result in big improvements to your overall health and a strengthened immune system. A healthy diet can positively affect your heart, bone, liver, kidney and mental health and is a great way to be proactive with your self-care.
Good nutrition plays a crucial role in the health of the immune system and if you are living with HIV, it is particularly important to eat a healthy, balanced diet.
It is also important to know that some HIV medicines need to be taken with specific foods, so talk to your healthcare team who can provide you with further information about your diet.
To ensure you get the nutrients your body needs, a balanced and healthy diet could include the following:
Talk to your healthcare team about your current diet to make sure you get enough good nutrients in your day.
A well-balanced diet should supply all of your body’s vitamin and mineral needs. If you are considering adding any supplements to your diet then speak to your healthcare team as high doses of some supplements may interact with your HIV medications.
Living with HIV can affect your heart and your diet can play a role in keeping it healthy. Read our heart health page for more information about the links between HIV and heart health.
There are a number of things you can do to keep your heart as healthy as possible:
Living with HIV means you need to be aware of your bone health and your diet can play a role in keeping your bones healthy. Read our bone health page for more information about the links between HIV and bone health.
Diet tips for healthy bones:
If you wish to support your diet with vitamin and mineral supplements speak to your healthcare team, in case there are any known interactions with your HIV medications.
A well-balance diet can help maintain a healthy liver, which is important for people living with HIV as a healthy liver is essential in processing HIV medications. See our liver health page for more information about the links between liver health and HIV.
Diet tips for a healthy liver:
Living with HIV can affect your kidney health and your diet can play a role in keeping it healthy. See our kidney health page to learn more about the links between HIV and kidney health.
Diet tips for kidney health:
Mental health can affect anyone, regardless of HIV diagnosis. A balanced mood and feelings of wellbeing can be protected by keeping a healthy diet. See our mental health page to learn more about the links between mental health and HIV.
Diet tips to support your mental health:
To find out what else you can do to take care of your health as a man and live well with HIV, click on the boxes below: