Dietary management of AIDS-related symptoms refers to the strategy of using food and dietary practices to alleviate the effects of AIDS-related symptoms on food intake and nutrient absorption. It is therefore important to:
• Ensure adequate food intake by; adding more flavour, encouraging PLHA to take small but frequent quantities of meals; and by presenting foods with a texture that can be easily eaten by PLHA;
• Contribute to increased comfort while eating;
• Provide more nutrient dense foods to compensate for nutrient losses.
• Prevent dehydration that occurs due to diarrhoea and fever;
• Complement medical treatment, including the provision of ARVs;
• Reduce the severity of symptoms by providing specific nutrient needs
• Increase intake of foods that may contribute to strengthening the immune system;
• Manage specific symptoms (e.g., nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and constipation).