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Nov 15, 2005

Hi, I am from Siem Reap Town, Angkor Temple, Cambodia. After 5-month medication access I eat more food and drink plenty of water and I always gain weight, what happens? Does this side effect? and my wife is tested negative, why? will she be an HIV positive in the near future? Please, let me know. By, thanks.

Response from Dr. Young

Thank you for your post.

Increased appetite and weight gain are not uncommon in the months after starting on HIV medications, particularly if you were ill prior to starting. Based on what you've described, I'm not too concerned about an unusual side effect. However, be sure to discuss your symptoms with your doctor at the next visit.

As for your wife, I'm heartened to hear that she's HIV negative. Continue to practice safer sex (use condoms) habits and the risk of her becoming positive should be very low. If you or she were my patients, I'd get an HIV test at least every 6 or 12 months.

Good luck, write back and let us know how your doing. BY

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