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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
Nutrition: Healthy Meal Planning Guides Offered for People

October 24, 2003
AIDS Weekly (10.13.03) - Friday, October 24, 2003

Agouron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a division of Pfizer, is making "Viracept On-the-Go" wallet-sized meal planning guides available to patients. The move was announced at the 43rd International Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC). Careful attention to caloric intake is vital to HIV patients taking the drug. Taking Viracept with food can boost drug levels three to five times compared to taking it without food.

Charlie Smigelski, RD, of Fenway Community Health Center in Boston, said that designing and adhering to an effective nutritional program helps improve the quality of life for people with HIV/AIDS. The American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada emphasize that efforts to optimize nutritional status should be components of the total health care provided to HIV/AIDS patients.

The Viracept meal guide explains the importance of taking Viracept with meals, gives tips on how to read food labels to calculate the recommended amount of calories and fat, what kind of healthy foods to eat, and who to talk to for help in planning healthy meals. The guide provides sample meals for breakfast and dinner that are heart-smart and contain immune system healthy fat recommendations.