Your Dietitian works with the multidisciplinary team to optimise your care.

You can obtain advice on your nutritional requirements from your dietitian. Our specialist dietitians can:

  • Give you advice about any changes in your diet that you may need to make.
  • Check your body weight and make sure that your proportion of fat to muscle is appropriate.
  • Advise you on any dietary changes you may need to make if you are ill.
  • Give you advice on food safety.
  • Make sure your diet is fulfilling all your individual nutritional requirements.
  • Give you advice about your diet if you are experiencing metabolic changes due to your HIV treatment.
  • Regularly check your body weight and ensure that the proportion of fat to muscle is appropriate.
  • Advise you on any dietary changes you may need to make if you become ill.
  • Help you avoid food poisoning.
  • Offer advice on symptom control, such as how to manage changes in taste caused by medication.
  • Give advice for managing conditions such as diabetes, obesity, hyperlipidaemia (high levels of fat in the blood) and poor absorption of food.
  • Give advice on your nutritional requirements during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
  • Help you identify and manage any food allergies and intolerances.
  • Advise you on your nutrition needs based on your exercise levels or sporting activity.
  • Provide information and advice on the use of vitamins and minerals and complementary therapies.

Our dietitians can assess muscle and fat distribution. If these tests are done regularly your dietitian may be able to spot changes in weight and body composition before you do. However, you may be the first to notice changes in your weight or body shape – for instance, if your clothes become too loose or tight. These may be important times to talk to your dietitian about making changes to your diet or exercise.

Please refer to the NAMwebsite for further information on the role of your Dietitian and healthy eating in HIV:

Your Dietitian will also be supporting students and staff in their training and development in addition to developing the HIV Dietetic service.

Dietetic Clinics

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Documenting Your Diet

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Responding to Your Feedback

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Please visit the HIV Dietitians’ website for further and specific dietary information and access to resources.