Micronutrient supplementation in HIV-infected women during pregnancy
Micronutrient deficiencies are particularly common during pregnancy due to increased nutrient requirements, and can compromise the health of women infected with HIV/AIDS to a greater extent than in women without HIV/AIDS. Giving micronutrient supplements to HIV-infected pregnant women may therefore be expected to improve the health of both the mother and baby.
Available evidence shows that certain micronutrient supplements may offer some benefits and are safe for pregnant women with HIV, however further research is needed before specific recommendations can be made.
Adequate nutrition, which is best achieved through consumption of a balanced healthy diet, is vital for health and survival for all individuals regardless of HIV status.
Further research is needed before specific recommendations can be made.
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