|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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