The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol

Does Hiv Cause You To Feel Fatigued

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
Get the Facts
AIDS InfoNet


The Bottom Line Fatigue is a very common condition for people with HIV. Untreated fatigue can make HIV disease progress faster. It can be very difficult to figure out the cause of fatigue. Several different factors can cause the same symptoms. Blood tests can identify some causes but not others. The more information you can give your health care provider, the easier it will be to determine what is causing your fatigue and how to treat it.
Ask the Experts

Chronic fatigue and HIV (CAUSES OF HIV-ASSOCIATED FATIGUE, 2010) (PROVIGIL, 2010)

I tested poz Jan. 97 and have been and remain "HIV+ asyptomatic". However, as time has progressed, as I've aged (I'm 46 years old now), and as I've had to add medications to my HIV meds for HIV and HIV medication side...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi J in NYC,HIV-associated fatigue is extremely common. That's why we have an entire expert forum devoted to the topic! The cause of HIV-associated fatigue often turns out to be multifactorial. That means there are several contributing... Read more »

Extreme fatigue and i don't feel normal

My blood work ups are usually normal, high cd4, undetectable, history of HPV/anal cancer, inflammation of my lymph nodes, etc etc...but my fatigue and i dont feel right, like something is wrong, kind of gut feeling. I want to get tests done for...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,There are many causes for HIV-associated fatigue. Common causes include anemia, medicament side effects/toxicities, psychological problems (depression, anxiety), hormonal imbalances (low testosterone, low thyroid hormone, adrenal insufficiency)... Read more »

stll feeling fatigue

I have been going to the doc for fatigue, and all the test have come back good, (blood,mri,cardio) I have an undectable viral load and 200 t count. I have been told since all phyical test came back neg. It is depression thats the cause, I was given...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,HIV/AIDS-related fatigue is often multifactorial in nature. That means there is often more than one underlying cause working in tandem to drain your energy batteries. Diagnosing all the potential underlying conditions can be challenging and... Read more »

Side Effect: Fatigue, Fatigue, and more Fatigue

Dr. Conway,Thank you for your considered and thoughtful answer. I appreciate an educated opinion from the outside.You mention a program of graded increase in physical activity. That sounds very appealing; what would that look like? What would the...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
As for the graded exercise program, I would suggest 5 days/week, 20 minutes each day. Cardio on three days, weights on 2 days (alternating upper and lower body toning, with core work on each day). After a month, you can build up to 45 minutes/day... Read more »
Connect With Others

Feeling like crap and trying to find

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
HIV+ since 1990. CD4 up to over 700, viral ld at 30k. On new regs, no labs done yet. I don't have anemia or diabetes. I do have depression, but it manifests itself in different ways.
This feels like the flu, literally. Everything going around I... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
How would fatigue due to early HIV infection affect a person? Would one have no energy to engage in daily activities, active sports? Feel tired and sleep a lot earlier than usual?

Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I have had recurrent extreme fatigue for the past 21 years. I have neither anemia nor parasites, eat and sleep well, not feeling depressed nor stressed out, taking vitamins. What could be causing this, and what possible recourses to diagnosis or... Read more »


Posted by planonstaying, 7 Replies
i was recently diagnosed and am still waiting for bloodwork I got the test because of fatigue issues i have been having. most other stuff had been eliminated and I knew I was at risk=/

I am going to ask the specialist about fmla when i see her. I... Read more »