Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
   
Ask the Experts About

Mental Health and HIVMental Health and HIV
          
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary


Treating Hiv Related Symptoms
Oct 9, 2008

Well I'm 16 years old living with hiv... i have had it since birth ...got it from my mom who was hiv positive ... my depression and anxiety has gotten so bad that i am now home schooled and basically have no social life...i basically dont leave me room... what is REALLY bugging me is that I am seriously wasted ...i work out every other day to try to build up muscle but its not working! any suggestions on anything i can take thatll help build my muscle mass?

Response from Dr. Horwath

First, you need to be in treatment if you have wasting syndrome. With effective treatment, your viral load should be undetectable and the wasting may improve. If not, discuss this with your doctor, who can do some tests to see what else is contributing. For example, low testosterone levels can contribute in some males.

You didn't mention your appetite. Are you eating enough? You may need some nutritional education to make sure that you are eating a balanced diet and have enough protein in your diet to build muscle.

Finally, get some treatment for your depression and anxiety. Speak to your doctor about it, get a referral to a psychiatrist or psychologist who can start you in some effective treatment for the depression.



Previous
iam messed up
Next
Worried in England

  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS


 
Advertisement



Q&A TERMS OF USE

This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint

Advertisement