Q and A


Can I smoke and drink alcohol?

I’m positive, what should I eat? Can I drink and smoke?


Thanks for getting in touch.

People who are positive, as with people who are negative, should try to have a balanced and healthy diet. What this is will depend on where you live globally.

It’s OK to drink alcohol. However, this should be done in moderation. Smoking isn’t advised for anyone due to the health risks.

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  1. Lisa Thorley

    Hi Gilbert,

    For me to be able to help you, I’m going to need to ask you some questions.

    When you were diagnosed what was your CD4 count and viral load? What illnesses were you suffering from? What was your weight before you got ill? What ARV’s are you taking?

  2. Gilbert

    I was diagnosed with HIV after a series of sickness. I’ve lost a lot of weight since then. I started my ARVs hoping for some changes(increase in body weight) but I’ve noticed none. I have been using my ARVs for six months and I’ve been very underweight weighing about 45kg to 47kg every month.

    I’m just 18. Is it is the ARVs or something else?


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