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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 involuntary loss of more than 10% of body weight, plus more than 30 days of 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...
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Exercise vs wasting syndrome

I have a question about exercise & nutrition versus wasting syndrome. First my last labs/dr visitwas 1/9 of this year. CD4 was 600, vl undetectable. I am a male, 5'8, slight build and all my adultlife weighed 145 until 5 years ago when I was...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Eating healthy/exercising and carrying an appropriate (not excessive) weight makes sense for most patients even in the context of HIV infection. KH Read more »

Wasting, disease...

How much wasting and disease which AIDS patients experience is caused by the medications they take?
Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

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

The Cutting Edge
There are many statistics that are not gathered and this is one of those situations. When you talk about "wasting" as a loss of lean tissues, it is likely that the wasting experienced is less of a direct effect of the medications and more of an... Read more »

New drug for Aids Wasting Disease

I would like to learn more about Serono's new drug, Serostim. How does it differfrom the growth hormones on the market now and what are it's advantages over them? Is it reimbursable? Is it readily available? What clinicals are out there?
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
Somatotropin (Serostim) is recombinant human growth hormone, which was just approved by the FDA. It is generally given by subcutaneous injection at a dose of 4 to 6 mg per day for 12 weeks, depending on body weight. It is generally well-tolerated,... Read more »

malabsorbtion of medication & wasting disease

My brother has full blown aids. First diagnosed 12 years ago. Has had crypto, shingles & diseased gall bladder removed. Currently being treated in Louisiana. However, his doctor has advised that the medications are not being absorbed by by brothers...
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
You did not say what he was taking, and it did not sound like diarrhea was a big problem and because he is eating taking pills is not a problem either. First I would make sure that the medicines he is receiving are still effective and that he has... Read more »
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AIDS InfoNet

Nutrition

...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... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Stopping the Spread of HIV

...milk has to get into your body. HIV-infected pregnant women can pass the infection to their new babies. To decrease the risk of spreading HIV: Use condoms during sexual activity; Do not share drug injection equipment; If you are HIV-infected... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2009 H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) and You

...virus causing illness in people. This new virus was first detected in people in the United States in April 2009. This virus is spreading from person-to-person worldwide, probably in much the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The Evidence That HIV Causes AIDS

...with a steep rise in HIV seroprevalence. High rates of mortality due to endemic conditions such as TB, diarrheal diseases and wasting syndromes, formerly confined to the elderly and malnourished, are now common among HIV-infected young and... Read more »
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New to all of this.....

Posted by Anonymous, 8 Replies
Hi there. I am recently diagnosed, and wanted to reach out to speak out to others. Basically, I was diagnosed very late, i.e. with the following labs: Viral Load - 770,000 CD4 count - 13 Has anyone else out there been diagnosed with advanced HIV... Read more »

Am I Infected

Posted by delhiguy, 3 Replies
...Conversion Time?? Now at the end of 4th week i developed some Pinkish Pimple like Rashes in middle of my chest which are like spreading in 2.5 to 3.0 inches of diameter. (Scattered Red Blotches kind of pimples) Please tell!! Read more »

Researchers Halt Spread Of HIV With RNAi

Posted by chrisbadmushroom, 1 Reply
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/117656.php sorry guys this just sounded real promising so i posted it here Read more »

Alternatives?

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
Please pardon this simple question but what do you think about infos available at sites like http://www.aidsrealitycheck.org, http://www.actupsf.com/, http://www.healaids.com/ or http://aliveandwell.org/ Any truth to these sites? Who to believe:... Read more »