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The objective is the clinical follow-up of users of the Specialized Assistance Service in Sexually Transmitted Infections and AIDS (SAE/STI/AIDS)

The Health Department of Macaé, through the Specialized Assistance Service for Sexually Transmitted Infections and AIDS (SAE/IST/Sida), resumes a partnership with the Multidisciplinary Center of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ/ Macaé) and the APHETO Group team, aiming at the clinical follow-up of program users.

According to IST/Aids coordinator Sandra Barcelos, the project aims to monitor the self-perception of body image, clinical epidemiology and nutritional assessment of people living with HIV/AIDS, in collaboration with the multidisciplinary service group. This week, the coordinator and administrative manager of SAE, Marcelo Cugula, received Professor Lismeia Soares for a technical visit to the unit.

She emphasizes that the partnership, in addition to facilitating user access, is a practical ground for the production of scientific studies. “Given the welcome, credibility and encouragement, today we are a practical ground for undergraduate students in clinical nutrition internship; for scientific beginners; extension officers and graduate students. This rich partnership has also produced publications in congresses, scientific journals, e-books and book chapters on HIV/AIDS,” he said.

In this perspective, the student Gabriela Coelho Menezes (postgraduate student at UFRJ-Macaé), chose the theme “Repercussion of the inclusion of chia in the diet of people living with HIV”. The study will verify the effects of chia (Salvia Hispanica L.) consumption on physiological markers of nutritional, lipid-lowering and anti-inflammatory response in people living with HIV/AIDS.

For Sandra, the project facilitated users’ access to the nutrition service and the good communication of nutritionists with the medical team, the user received precise advice on the recommendations that will bring better results. The project is coordinated by UFRJ professors Lismeia Soares, Ana Paula Menna and nutritionist Gabriela Menezes.

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