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Define Aids Wasting Syndrome

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The Well Project

AIDS Defining Conditions

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines an HIV-positive person with a CD4 cell count of 200 or less as having AIDS. The CDC has also developed a list of more than 20 opportunistic infections (OIs) that are considered AIDS-defining conditions (see below). If you have HIV and one or more of these OIs, you have a diagnosis of AIDS. This list comes from a government report and contains medical terms. If you have any...
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Aids wasting syndrome (and TPN)

Where can i find a primary literature article about the effectiveness of TPN in patient with Aids Wasting Syndrome (including treatment)?
Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

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

The Cutting Edge
While total parenteral nutrition (TPN) is not widely used these days, there are some circumstances when it is quite appropriate (such as during acute pancreatitis). Thus, most research on TPN use in HIV disease was reported prior to routine use of... Read more »

CD4 results

Social Security has written that a CD4 count of <200 is not necessarily indicative of AIDS. The count result was 31. I know she has AIDS but since Social Security has made this policy, the only way I know to dispel it is to have an MD tell me they...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
The other piece of information missing here is what does SS consider to be and AIDS definition? In many of the disability forms I have filled out, there are many other things they have listed that would constitute AIDS defining illnesses (wasting... Read more »

what are the symthoms of aids

what are the symptoms of aids
Eric Daar, M.D.

Response from Eric Daar, M.D.

UCLA School of Medicine
The Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is defined as being HIV infected with any of a long list of infections, cancers, wasting syndrome or dementia, or having a CD4 cell count of less than 200 cells/uL. It was originally created and... Read more »

AIDS Diagnosis

Even though I was diagnosed with AIDS it is my understanding that once the viral load is suppressed beyond detectable levels, and ones CD4 count rises above 350 you are now HIV+. That AIDS ony develops when the damage to the immune system is...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
AIDS is diagnosed when a person has HIV infection and develops one of several opportunistic infections or cancers, wasting syndrome or dementia. In the absence of an AIDS-defining illness, AIDS also is diagnosed if the CD4 count falls below 200.Once... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Use of Testosterone in AIDS Wasting Syndrome

...Clinical Care (04/99) Vol. 11, No. 4, P. 25; Corcoran, Colleen; Grinspoon, Steven The use of testosterone may help in staving off AIDS wasting syndrome (AWS), according to recent data. Studies have indicated that testosterone levels are low in... Read more »
Women Alive

Women and Wasting

...complexities ofwasting syndrome and the ways in which it can be managedin women. Definition of Wasting The CDC defines AIDS wasting syndrome as: Profound involuntary weight lossgreater than 10% of base line body weight. For example,if... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

HIV Wasting Syndrome

...occur as a result of HIV infection itself butalso is commonly associated with HIV-related opportunisticinfections and cancers. HIV wasting syndrome is diagnosed inHIV-infected people who have unintentionally lost more than10 percent of their body... Read more »
AIDS Survival Project

New Treatment Available for AIDS Cachexia

...Serono Laboratories, talked about metabolic changes in persons living with HIV. She said that many patients with AIDS also have AIDS cachexia, a condition where the person is unusually tired, which may be the result of a loss of important tissue... Read more »
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Posted by 30YEAROLDMOTHER, 6 Replies
Now i know that AIDS is the end stages of HIV but I just was thinking - And wanted to see if anyone knows. IF I (just say me for example) Had unprotected sex with a men that has AIDS Vs HIV is there a high change that I would get the virus? See this... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
Please pardon this simple question but what do you think about infos available at sites like,, or Any truth to these sites? Who to believe:... Read more »

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 »


Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
One Womans Story re: HIV and AIDS An error can never become true, however many times you repeat it. The truth can never be wrong even if no one hears it. ~ Mahatma Gandhi ~ My name is Kim Marie Bannon. I was born in Topeka, Kansas, USA, in... Read more »