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Nutrition manual for HIV/AIDS carriers published

Update: September, 24/2013 - 14:00

HA NOI (VNS)– A new manual offering guidance on the care and nutrition required for people living with HIV/AIDS has been introduced to health workers to improve the food they prepare for victims of the virus.

The book launch took place at a conference co-hosted by the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) and the HIV/AIDS Prevention Department in Ha Noi yesterday and was attended by health workers from 12 cities and provinces nationwide.

According to NIN Deputy Head Le Danh Tuyen, HIV in Viet Nam spreads mainly among high risk groups, including drug users, prostitutes and men who have unprotected sex with men.

The virus can worsen the malnutrition that has already attacked the infected, weakening their immune system and increasing opportunistic infection vulnerability, he said.

The manual, compiled by the NIN and the HIV/AIDS Prevention Department in co-ordination with international organisations, is expected to help local health staff improve their counseling for both people living with HIV/AIDS and their families regarding nutrition issues.— VNS

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