for Veterans and the Public
How much water do I need?
Drinking enough liquids is very important when you have HIV. Fluids transport the nutrients you need through your body.
Extra water can:
- reduce the side effects of medications
- help flush out the medicines that have already been used by your body
- help you avoid dehydration (fluid loss), dry mouth, and constipation
- make you feel less tired
Many of us don't drink enough water every day. You should be getting at least 8-10 glasses of water (or other fluids, such as juices or soups) a day.
Here are some tips on getting the extra fluids you need:
- Drink more water than usual. Try other fluids, too, like noncaffeinated teas, flavored waters, or fruit juice mixed with water.
- Avoid colas, coffee, tea, and cocoa. These may contain caffeine and can actually dehydrate you. Read the labels on drinks to see if they have caffeine in them.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Begin and end each day by drinking a glass of water.
- Suck on ice cubes and popsicles.
Note: If you have diarrhea or are vomiting, you will lose a lot of fluids and will need to drink more than usual.
For more information, see the symptoms and medication side effects section.