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Common Wasting Syndrome Symptoms

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Wasting Syndrome

Hormone levels can affect the metabolism. HIV seems to change some hormone levels including testosterone and thyroid. Also, cytokines play a role in wasting. Cytokines are proteins that produce inflammation to help the body fight infections. People with HIV have very high levels of cytokines. This makes the body produce more fats and sugars, but less protein. Unfortunately, these factors can work together to create a "downward spiral." For...
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Treatment questions for wasting syndrome

I had been diagnosed with AIDS wasting for 3 years now but never knew why except for the symptoms that I was experiencing. My doctor had put me on injections of Testratone and Deca-Doublin every two weeks as well as Oxandrian. My symptoms went away...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
Dear Russell,Before you do anything else, get to see the eye doctor ASAP!Seeing spots can be very dangerous! The kidney problem is an unusual one and not likely to be caused by the medication. You did not mention your T cells and viral load though.... Read more »

Wasting and running..........

Dear Doctor........ I am a 36 year old, 10 year HIV positive female, who can control my virus with running and weight lifting without meds! I just got a surprise last week, I had a DIA and was told that I had wasting! for 2 years I took meds,...
Marc Hellerstein, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Marc Hellerstein, M.D., Ph.D.

University of California Berkeley & San Francisco
Yours is a complicated story. Let me be sure I have it straight, and then I'll comment on some of your questions.First, it sounds like you were on therapy for 2 years and now off for 8 months. But you still have the symptoms (fatigue, weakness)... Read more »

Is facial wasting so common?

Hello Dr Young.I see a lot of postings these days on facial wasting. Even Dr Bob said he's had it. Is it really so common? I am a 29 yr old black female who started therapy some weeks ago with a CD4 of 260 and viral load 13,000. As I am on...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your note.Facial lipoatrophy is pretty common, particularly among persons receiving d4T. In the ongoing Gilead 903 study, 4% of persons who received d4T with 3TC/Sustiva developed lipoatrophy at 1 year, 12% at 2 years.I've not... Read more »

Acute Retroviral Syndrome Symptoms

Sorry to add yet another question about acute retroviral syndrome, but I have read some conflicting information and I am still uncertain about what it all means. I also know that this syndrome hasn't been studied that much, so that it will be...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Thank you for your questions and comments.When it comes to symptoms related to HIV/AIDS, there are no absolute rules asto when symptoms begin, what they look like, how long they last etc., etc. Symptoms can vary greatly from person to person. This... Read more »
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Wasting---help me

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I'm sorry to come on board, but I need help. My husband is wasting away. He's newly on meds, but not gaining. It seems as though his buttcheeks are completely gone. I don't know what to do.

I'm afraid. He's down to 120 and losing despite putting... Read more »

initial symptoms of hiv - most common symptoms

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hello, I need some help from others with hiv. What was and when did it hit you the inital onset of strange symptoms. I know one said they felt whipped out with tired feeling. Was that immed. after sexual episode or acouple weeks later. Also, were... Read more »

Wasting Symptoms

Posted by Anonymous
Here it goes, I read on one of the sites sent from this one that one of the first things you notice about HIV+ folks is the loss of fat from the cheek bones, arms, and legs. The video didn't say whether this happens quickly or only after HIV+ folks... Read more »

Common questions/concerns about HIV/AIDS please read

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Questions and Answers about HIV
1. What is HIV? What is AIDS?
2. Who can get HIV?
3. What are the ways in which HIV can be spread from one person to another?
4. Can I get HIV from oral sex?
5. How long does HIV live outside the body?
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