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NYK
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Wasting?
      #158135 - 08/04/05 11:59 AM

Is "wasting" a sure sign of HIV infection? I've lost a lot of weight in the last couple of months and have nausea and poor appetite. It's been a while since my last "questionable" encounter, but I feel my health declining rapidly.

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Re: Wasting? new
      #158144 - 08/04/05 01:43 PM

Weight loss can be caused by many things, including infections, internal problems like ulcers, poor nutrition, stress, etc. You NEED to have a doctor evaluate the problem, particularly if you have unintentionally lost large amounts of weight.

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Re: Wasting? new
      #158147 - 08/04/05 02:30 PM

Thanks. I'm awaiting the results of my hiv test so in the meantime I'm just, well, freaking out. I have seen a gastro doc and, after some tests, he said I probably just need to relax. It's hard to relax when you're worried about your test results. I didn't sleep last night and feel like I'm about to come apart at the seams. I truly appreciate you taking the time to respond.

Thank You.

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Re: Wasting? new
      #158151 - 08/04/05 04:45 PM

Yeah, I know, it's always hard to get tested. (I know -- I've been there!) But look at it this way -- it is ALWAYS better to know where you stand. That way, if you're positive, you can take steps to protect your health and that of your partners, and if you're negative, well, you can relax!

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NYK
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Re: Wasting? new
      #158153 - 08/04/05 05:10 PM

I don't know - ignorance is bliss. Unfortunately, it's also, well, ignorance. Ha. Thanks, again.

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