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Nov 17, 2002

Hi Doc. Holodniy,

Is it normal to experience weight loss within the first 1-3 after possible infection? Is wasting and weight loss the same thing? My understanding is that wasting generally applies to the limbs and face, while weight loss is throughout the body...i am correct or is my interpretation off?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

You might experience weight loss during early HIV infection because on flu like symptoms. That would not be considered wasting. Because in almost all cases you will be able to make up the weight. Wasting usually occurs later in the course of HIV infection, particularly in people who have AIDS. This is usually a loss of fat and muscle, either because of ongoing viral replication and an inability to keep up with metabolism, or because of HIV medications.

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