Q and A


Can I drink cola or other soda?

I found out three months ago that I am HIV positive and I immediately started on ART the very same day. My question is on drinking cola. Will drinking cola affect my CD4 and viral load?



Thanks for your question – how are you doing?

Great you started treatment – this will be good for your health and also protect your partners.

Drinking cola will not affect your CD4 or viral load. It does contain a lot of sugar though, so is not a good drink for your general health, especially if you drink too much cola :)


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