Coffee helps HIV patients live longer
What every HIV patient needs to know about coffee
Coffee and HIV. Two words that you really wouldn’t imagine having a correlation, right? For us Ugandans the connection is existent - on a deep and personal level.

It's in our blood

Uganda is one of the leading coffee producers in Africa. Coffee is literally in our blood.
Unfortunately for many Ugandans, so is HIV.
In the early stages of the AIDS epidemic, Uganda was one of the hardest affected countries in the world. According to Frontline AIDS, there are more than 1.5m people living with HIV in Uganda today. This means we may all have someone in our family living with HIV.
Fortunately, there is improvement: Deaths from AIDS has been reduced by 60% since 2010.
And now, research has shown that coffee can improve these statistics even further:

Halved mortality rate

A new study suggests that for patients infected with both HIV and hepatitis C virus, drinking at least three cups of coffee per day could halve their risk of all-cause mortality.
Many living with HIV are also infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), which is a blood-borne virus capable of causing chronic liver disease. Thankfully, there are antiviral treatments that can eradicate HCV.
Even after clearance of the hepatitis C virus, the team found that drinking at least three cups of coffee daily was associated with a 50 percent reduction in all-cause mortality risk.
OH HAIL COFFEE! - I wish we could shout it from the minarets.
“I think we need to better monitor coffee consumption,” explains Dr. Salmon-Céron, “together with other behaviours, such as alcohol use, smoking, physical activity, and to propose interventions to our patients which facilitate healthy behaviours even after HCV clearance.”
“We also suggest that those patients who cannot tolerate a high intake of caffeine should consider drinking a few cups of decaffeinated coffee a day,” she adds.

What makes coffee able to do this?

Coffee has polyphenols, a compound which reduces inflammation and can also protect liver health. Liver disease is a large contributor to morbidity and mortality among HIV infections.
Other behaviours like reduced alcohol use, zero smoking, more physical activity help HIV patients reduce their mortality rate.

A better and longer life

In Uganda, we live with coffee and we live with HIV. They are both in our blood. We are so happy that coffee can support the Ugandan economy as well as our countrymen and women living with HIV.
More coffee consumption means:
  • Our loved ones can live longer
  • We are given a chance to love them longer (literally shove our love in their throats)
  • Coffee boosts the Ugandan economy, particularly for many rural families
So what are you waiting for? With or without HIV; come and get your three cups of (Wild) coffee right away!

We are always happy to serve the coffee that tastes good and does good.

I love my daily cup of coffee, and I’m happy that many Ugandans can enjoy additional benefits from it, in addition to the financial ones.



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Shalom Nicolette Ebyau Arionget 1 December, 2020
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