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how to gain weight
Apr 10, 2006

I have a relative who is hiv positive and is losing weight rapidly - age 52 and now weights 40kg. how can she put on more weight. she is not taking any medication at the moment

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post.

Rapid weight loss in a person with HIV is very concerning for the posibility of an opportunisitic infection or other AIDS-related complication. At the very least, it's suggestive of AIDS-related wasting.

The essential thing at this point is a careful medical evaluation to look for the possible cause(s). Knowledge of the CD4 cell count is also important-- if your relative's CD4 count is low, starting on HIV medications often helps.

I hope this helps, write us back with additional information or questions. BY

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