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Food insecurity adds to health problems in HIV




 

(Reuters Health) - People with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) who don't have reliable access to nutritious food are more likely to end up in the hospital than those who regularly get enough to eat, a new study from San Francisco suggests.

Researchers said that could be because taking HIV medication or accessing early treatment may not be a priority for people who don't know where their next meal is coming from.

So-called food insecurity may also point to other underlying problems in people with HIV, such as poverty, mental illness and addiction.

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