Lifestyle Medicine and HIV-Infected Patients

  • Vani Gandhi
  • Tiffany Jung
  • Jin S. SuhEmail author


More than 30 years have passed since HIV/AIDS first emerged as an epidemic. Through significant developments in treatment options, people are living longer with HIV than ever before, with life expectancy approaching those in the general population. However, antiretroviral therapies do not offer a cure and many are associated with significant side effects. An integrative approach utilizing lifestyle modifications can lead to numerous benefits, including improvement of immune function, better tolerability of symptoms, and most importantly, increased quality of life. Through the incorporation of HIV medications with nutrition, exercise, and stress-reduction strategies, patients can be empowered to achieve greater health and longevity.


HIV Lifestyle Nutrition Exercise Stress reduction 



Antiretroviral therapy


The American College of Sports Medicine


Body Mass Index


Cardiovascular disease


Food and drug administration


Highly active antiretroviral therapy




Metabolic syndrome


Non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors


Nucleoside/nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitors


Nutrition for healthy living




Supplemental nutrition assistance program electronic benefits transfer


Sexually transmitted diseases


Type-2 diabetes


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Spencer Cox Center for Health, Institute for Advanced Medicine, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt HospitalsIcahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of MedicineMount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt HospitalsNew YorkUSA

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