Thinking about treatment
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CTA. 2007. Thinking about treatment. Rural Radio Resource Pack 07/6. Wageningen, The Netherlands: CTA.
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How to get the most from your antiretroviral drugs
Thinking about treatment Cue: Antiretroviral drugs are the only effective treatment for HIV/AIDS. But the effectiveness of these drugs can be enhanced if the patient has a good diet. These days health advisors are doing their best to explain what a good diet is. But, as Dr Prince Pambo of Ladoni Consultancy in Ghana explained to Adu Domfeh, people should also be aware that there are foods which should be avoided. Not all foods are good for us. IN: ?First of all I would? OUT: ?you getting to the end.? DUR?N: 2?44? BACK ANNOUNCEMENT: That was Dr Pambo from Ghana, advising that people who are positive with HIV/AIDS should avoid alcohol, caffeine and excessive amounts of fatty foods and sugar. The interview comes from a resource pack produced by CTA. Transcript Pambo First of all I would want to even let people know what good food is because people have different ways of describing what is good. Maybe what you eat and enjoy you say it is good but it is probably not good for you and with the immune system as we said it is in a layman?s term what God has given to us to protect us from other diseases because even if you are taking in drugs before the drugs will get absorbed for the cells in your body to be able to work you need food for the cells and the immune system is made up of cells. So basically whatever food you eat you eat to feed the cells for them to be able to work. Domfeh In the case of an HIV/AIDS patient whose immune system is already damaged or being fought against by the viruses, what would be the role of diet and nutrition in the treatment of such HIV/AIDS patient? Pambo We know with HIV/AIDS patients they are susceptible to other diseases. So we know certain foods even predispose you to some conditions. For instance if you are somebody who takes in a lot of fat they are already predisposed to getting things like heart diseases or you are somebody who takes in a lot of sugar then you are predisposed with things like diabetes and these are conditions that will further lower your immune system. So if you are already immune compromised and you leave such a reckless lifestyle by eating anything definitely you are not going to get the best from even your medication. And even when we talk about food I always want to say alcohol is also food. People who are into alcoholic beverages already the system is going down. Domfeh So how then can the HIV/AIDS patient actually ensure or benefit from good dieting without complicating the illnesses he or she has? Pambo Even if you are a healthy individual the more healthy your diet is then the healthier you the individual you become. With a HIV/AIDS patient who is already immune compromised the food you eat it is what is going to feed the cells the immune system to fight against the diseases then we recommend that they eat very healthy diets but there are some basic things we will always ask you to stay off. Things like fats, excessive sugar, alcoholic beverages. Domfeh HIV/AIDS patients rely on antiretroviral drugs to stay healthy but how can good nutrition enhance their general well being? Pambo We know some of the antiretroviral drugs have certain side effects that are sometimes fatal. If you do not eat good food or you do not have good nutrition alongside your antiretroviral drugs the antiretroviral drugs can even facilitate you getting to the end. End of track