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Can Wasting Kill You

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AIDS InfoNet


...actually uses less of what you eat. When you lose weight, you might be losing fat, or you might be losing lean body weight like muscle. If you lose too much lean weight, your body chemistry changes. This condition is called wasting syndrome or cachexia. Wasting can kill you. If you lose more than 5% of your body weight, it could be a sign of wasting. Talk to your health care provider. Nutrition Guidelines for People With HIV First, eat...
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Yep........I have HIV related OCD and feel I need to clean anything someone with HIV touches. Like I said, OCD! But since HIV dies so quickly outside the body, am I really doing any good? Does spraying cleaner on phones, keyboards, and door knobs...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,"Wasting time and money," definitely wasting time and money. HIV is not transmitted via casual contact. I suggest you focus on getting Read more »


Hey Dr. Bob,I know you always say to check the archives first, but I doubt you've ever had a question about a crazed hooker who might have deliberately tried to infect her clients!!!!My buddy sys this happens all the time and now I'm scared to go to...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...STD & HIV regularly, & I never thought what if I get stuck by a needle? I no this sounds unbelievable, but I'm not trying to waste your time, it's 100% real. I won't tell anyone it sounds so far fetched. I'm not trying to be the martyr, or make... Read more »

More temple wasting

Dr. Gerald,I am a female who has always been physically active. I had one exposure with a man who was poz and thus converted. Now only a year and a half down the line I have noticed substantial temple wasting. I always run about 4 miles a day. ...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
...Your problem with temple wasting is not the HIV-medication-related lipoatrophy that we are seeing (mostly with d4T = stavudine = Zerit). Before we had antiretroviral Read more »

killing muscle cells

Hi Cade,Do you believe there are cases where a person has no problem with absorption, caloric-protein intake, diarrhea, fatigue, reduced strength or physical ability, yet, still has muscle wasting due to HIV actually infecting and then killing off...
Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

Response from Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

The Cutting Edge
...information on the potential for HIV to affect the activities of smooth muscle cells (like you find in the heart), but not as a wasting catalyst. So, I would have to say that it may not have been investigated specifically to my knowledge.Unless... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Wasting Syndrome

... What Is AIDS Wasting? What Causes AIDS Wasting? How Is Wasting Treated? The Bottom Line What Is AIDS Wasting? AIDS wasting is the Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

France: Trends in Fat Wasting

...pill called Kivexa) tenofovir + FTC (coformulated into one pill called Truvada) These nukes have not been linked to fat wasting. Still, long-term monitoring of HIV-positive people taking these and other medicines is important in case new... Read more »
Mark King

A Facial Wasting Update

... Hello my friends, There was a lot of interest in my earlier video blog " Treating My Facial Wasting ," so I wanted to give you an update by taking you along on my third visit to Dr. Gerald Pierone . The earlier blog covered Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

California: Needle Disposal Needed -- Thorny Waste Issue Growing

...2008, California made it illegal to dispose of used needles in the trash, becoming one of 11 states with such laws to protect waste haulers, sorters, and the environment. However, collection and proper disposal of sharps remains patchy. Needle... Read more »
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about my medication:

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
i am thinking of stoping to take my meds. Is there any consequances that will happen, is the deases will progress, will i get really ill, ect... Thanks Read more »

question on wasting

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...does anyone know about wasting? I am still waiting to test, no appetite, and I have lost almost 10% of my bodyweight my pants are loose and people at work are Read more »


Posted by Anonymous
...question is for anyone. I am wondering if there has been a study of people who have taken meds for over 10 years who experience wasting compared to those who have been on meds for less than 10 years. Please let me know if there has been one done... Read more »