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Soft bowel movements
Dec 20, 1999

Do you know what causes a person with HIV to have soft bowel movements? While they are not quite watery, very soft. I am recently infected and not on any meds. Is this something you encounter often? Thanks for the work you do here.

Response from Dr. Dieterich

Abnormal bowel function is very common. Aside from medication side effects causes include:

intestinal infection - bacteria, parasites, viruses, etc

HIV itself affecting the intestinal mucosa

dietary effects

etc etc

Face pain
Nausea & fatigue

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