Q and A


What types of food have the 400 calories needed for Eviplera?



Taking Eviplera with food is very important. This is because rilpivirine, one of the meds in Eviplera, needs food to get to the right drug levels.

Without food, the levels are only half as high as you need.

This NHS leaflet has useful examples of different foods that will get you to 400 calories.

There are lots of other calories guides online, using Google. Add adding butter or cheese to any of the meals below will increase the calorie count.


  • 2 slices of thick bread and 2 tablespoon of peanut butter.
  • 2 poached/boiled eggs with 1 slice of bread, margarine and 1 150ml glass fresh fruit juice.
  • 1 bagel with 2 tablespoons of cream cheese and 1 150ml glass orange juice.
  • Porridge (50g oats and 240ml semi skimmed milk) with sliced banana.
  • Weetabix x 2 with semi skimmed milk, 30g dried fruit and nuts, 1 pot low fat yoghurt.
  • 1 fried egg, 2 rashers of grilled bacon OR 1 grilled sausage with 3 tablespoons baked beans.


  • 1 tin of sardines/mackerel in tomato sauce with 2 slices of thick bread.
  • Ham salad sandwich with 1 bag crisps.
  • Chicken curry and (100g cooked) rice.
  • 200g (75g uncooked) sadza with grilled chicken/beef (95g uncooked) with vegetables
  • 2 slices of medium thick bread and 1 400g can of soup
  • Jacket potato (medium potato) with 1⁄2 tin tuna, 1 tablespoon of light mayonnaise and 3 tablespoons of sweetcorn OR 1⁄2 tin baked beans 15g grated cheese

Evening meal

  • 55g fish, 130g jollof rice and 60g vegetables.
  • 150g rice and peas with 15g jerk chicken.
  • 150g cooked spaghetti with 180g Bolognese sauce.
  • 240g shepherd’s pie with vegetables.
  • 100g portion of grilled meat/ sh with 195g boiled potatoes, vegetables and gravy.
  • 175g beef stew with 2 (90g) dumplings.
  • 200g (75g uncooked) sadza with grilled chicken/beef (95g uncooked) with vegetables.
  • 2 sh ngers, 100g oven chips, 1⁄4 tin baked beans.
  • 2 slices of thin crust pepperoni or deep pan margherita pizza.
  • Vegetable and potato curry with (100g cooked) rice and 1 60g chapatti (without fat/butter).

The link to the leaflet is here:



  1. Lisa Thorley

    Hi Lungelwa,

    If you’re having issues with your weight, this is something that you’ll need to discuss with a doctor.

  2. Lungelwa

    Hi, I’m the one of the person who’s living with HIV, ever since I got this disease , my weight Is decreasing . I was 57 kg 2017 but now I’m 51 kg ,and then now I don’t gain/ lose weight I’m standing in this 51kg I eat all this type of food mentioned above, so please if you can help me to go back to my 57kg


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