Peter Shalit MD PhD


HIV: Why Healthy Eating Matters

Eating a nutritious, balanced diet is an important part of treating HIV. Good nutrition can help your immune system stay strong, which in turn may help your body fight HIV. Knowing the best way to nourish your body will help keep it strong and allow your HIV medicines to work effectively. It is important to maintain…

HIV Rapid Progressors

Rapid progressors are people with HIV who develop AIDS within a few years if they don’t receive treatment. About 5% to 10% of people who are infected with HIV are rapid progressors. It isn’t known why the infection progresses faster in these people. They may have already had another problem with their immune systems.

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) Infection

Discusses HIV, a virus that attacks white blood cells called CD4+ cells which are an important part of the immune system. Covers symptoms and stages of infection, including last stage called AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). Covers HIV treatment.

CD4+ Cells

CD4+ cells are part of the immune system and are a type of white blood cell. White blood cells protect the body against infection. CD4+ cells are also called T-lymphocytes, T-cells, or T-helper cells. HIV invades and destroys CD4+ cells. But the body continues to produce new CD4+ cells to fight the HIV infection. If the…

HIV and Exercise

Exercise can’t control the HIV infection. But exercise may help you feel better by reducing stress. Exercise may also help your immune system work better. Exercise: Is safe. Improves strength and endurance. Improves heart and lung fitness. May help you feel less tired or fatigued. Enhances your sense of well-being. May…