HIV POSITIVE  Caretakers
Caring For Someone With AIDS


Someone with AIDS can eat anything they want; in fact, the more the better. A well-balanced diet with plenty of nutrients, fiber, and liquids is healthy for everybody. Fixing food for a person with AIDS takes a little care, although you should follow these same rules for fixing food for anybody.

  • Don't use raw (unpasteurized) milk.

  • Don't use raw eggs. Be careful; raw eggs may be in homemade mayonnaise, hollandaise sauce, ice cream, fruit drinks (smoothies), or other homemade foods.

  • All beef, pork, chicken, fish, and other meat should be cooked well done, with no pink in the middle.

  • Don't use raw fish or shellfish (like oysters).

  • Wash your hands before handling food and wash them again between handling different foods.

  • Wash all utensils (knives, spatulas, mixing spoons, etc.) before reusing them with other foods. If you taste food while cooking, use a clean spoon every time you taste; do not stir with the spoon you taste with. Don't let blood from uncooked beef, pork, or chicken or water from seafood touch other food.

  • Use a cutting board to cut things on and wash it with soap and hot water between each food you cut.

  • Wash fresh fruits and vegetables thoroughly. Cook or peel organic fruits and vegetables because they may have germs on the skins. Don't use organic lettuce or other organic vegetables that cannot be peeled or cooked.

A person living with AIDS does not need separate dishes, knives, forks, or spoons. Their dishes don't need special cleaning either. Just wash all the dishes together with soap or detergent in hot water. A person with AIDS can fix food for other people. Just like everybody else who fixes food, people with AIDS should wash their hands first and not lick their fingers or the utensils while they are cooking. However, no one who has diarrhea should fix food.

To keep food from spoiling, serve hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Cover leftover food and store it in the refrigerator as soon as possible.

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