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Chronic Wasting In Hiv

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Wasting Syndrome

...either diarrhea, or weakness and fever. Wasting is linked to disease progression and death. Losing just 5% of body weight can have the same negative effects. Wasting is still a problem for people with AIDS, even people whose HIV is controlled by medications. Part of the weight lost during wasting is fat. More important is the loss of muscle mass. This is also called "lean body mass," or "body cell mass." Lean body mass can be measured by...
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Is this wasting? [non-HIV]

Dr,Two mos after possible exposure to HIV my wrists & forearms have thinned (watchband too big now), my legs have thinned considerably(particularly around calves and lower thighs), and my cheeks seem thinner. I've tested HIV negative to antibodies...
Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

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

The Cutting Edge
...Wasting is not exclusive to HIV-infected individuals. It happens for a lot of different reasons and can be a symptom of cancer and other conditions. There are Read more »

wasting query

Hi Dr. MoyleDid you know a moyle is a mouth in german?Anyway, on with my question...Do most people experience muscle wasting before or after the onset of (HIV related) chronic fatigue?
Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
...Actually, mund is mouth in German. Fatigue and muscle wasting are not necessarily related. If a wasting condition is present the person is likely to have fatigue, whereas fatigue is only Read more »

Definition of Wasting

I'm confused about what constitutes wasting...At the time of my diagnosis late last year I'd lost about 20 pounds in the preceding 9 months. Now, keep in mind I'd been TRYING to lose weight by going to the gym more and cutting eggs/dairy out of my...
Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

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

The Cutting Edge
...could explain the findings (e.g., cancer, tuberculosis, cryptosporidiosis, or other specific enteritis)."Thus, wasting is an AIDS-defining diagnosis. However, it sounds like your weight loss was related to an intentional change in your diet and... Read more »

facial wasting

Hi Cade,Could you please tell me if it is possible to have facial wasting without meds? I have wasting around the eyes with prominent veins. Also have lost weight in cheeks and in limbs but have a large belly. These problems started within a few...
Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

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

The Cutting Edge
...in your case (aka: lipoatrophy). Hormonal changes are a big suspect. Lipid metabolism changes in chronic infection, such as HIV infection. Hormonal changes are a big suspect. Antiretroviral and other medications can modulate changes in... Read more »
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Senegal Public Health Advocates Worry Country Backtracking in Progress Against HIV/AIDS, Might Waste International Aid

...Senegal, which is considered one of the African countries that has "most effectively" responded to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, is facing a "pivotal and worrying moment" as it attempts to provide education and treatment to its residents, the Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Brazil: Injections Improve Facial Wasting in HIV Patients

...said Serra. "It is corrective surgery," that should be available to all patients who develop facial wasting as a result of anti-HIV therapy. A full-face treatment, which requires two sessions, costs about $500, he added. Serra is currently... Read more »
Rick Sowadsky, M.S.P.H.

Taking Unnecessary HIV Monitoring Tests: A Waste of Valuable Resources

...a realistic risk of infection, then save your money, as these tests are not necessary. Do you want more information on HIV/AIDS, STDs or safer sex? Contact the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Health Line hotline, open 24 hours a day, seven... Read more »
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Women and Wasting

...Weight loss is a common complication of HIV disease.Despite the tremendous progress made in developingantiretroviral therapies, prophylaxis and treatments foropportunistic Read more »
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Please Feedback on Wasting Question

Posted by willthink4food, 2 Replies
...enough to maintain what I have) Do you think it's right to have to have two doctors...? I mean the man is smart he is head of the HIV program at the University and I trusted everything he has said for almost three years and has not led me wrong... 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 Read more »

HIV/AIDS Lipoatrophy (Facial Wasting)

Posted by bradford, 2 Replies
...HIV/AIDS Lipoatrophy (Facial Wasting) Individuals living with HIV and AIDS may not only have to deal with the threat of illness but the Read more »