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hiv and weightloss
Apr 9, 2013

ia m reddy/ recently diognised as hiv. using drugs my cd4 is 250. loosing lots of weight. how can i gain my weight. and i am experiencing many side effects due to drugs like giddiness headache. i started hiv drugs 1 week ago only

Response from Mr. Vergel

Most people regain their lost weight (and more sometimes) after a few weeks or months on effective HIV treatment. Nausea, headaches, fatigue or gut issues are not uncommon in the first few days, but they tend to get better with time. As your immune system strengthens, so does your body.

A minority of patients do not regain their normal weight. If your BMI is less than 18.5 after 3-6 months and you have not gained any weight, talk to your doctor about testing your hormones and to refer you to a dietitian that works with HIV+ patients.

There are prescription treatments like oxandrolone, testosterone and nandrolone that can help people with unintentional weight loss (those with BMI's under 18.5 for sure). To find out what your BMI is, visit: Calculate Your Body Mass Index

Follow these suggestions if you can:

Outsmarting HIV With Healthy Eating

Also, do not remember to exercise to your best abilities:

Exercise: The Best Therapy for Managing Side Effects


Thank you so much!

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