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How Early Does Wasting Start

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Early HIV infection and facial wasting

Quick question: Is it possible to experience facial wasting early in an HIV infection before medication is started? In other words, can HIV alone cause lipoatrophy early in the course of infection?Thanks,Gloria at Body Positive...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
That has not been observed much in early HIV infection in the setting of good CD4 counts and maintaining body weight. Some patients with recent HIV infection can progress rapidly (fortunately that is a small minority of patients) and with low CD4... Read more »

Early Diagnosis of Facial Wasting - Treatment

Hi Dr. I was recently diagnosed as HIV + 5 mnths ago and have only started Atripla for two weeks or... Read more »

Facial wasting early on HIV

Hi Doctor:I am asking my question here because on your lipodystrophy forum there doesn't seem... Read more »
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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Starting HIV-Positive Patients on HAART Early Reduces Treatment-Related Complications, Study Finds

HIV-positive patients who begin highly active antiretroviral therapy when they have high CD4+ T cell counts reduce their risk for treatment-related side-effects, according to a study presented on Tuesday at the 13th Conference on Retroviruses and... Read more »
National Pediatric and Family HIV Resource Center

Universal Precautions

Infection control is an important and ongoing concern in Head Start programs. Children's health is promoted by limiting the potential spread of infection among children and staff. The infection control procedures necessary when HIV-infected children... Read more »
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... Read more »
Body Positive

Fighting Wasting

On March 24, 2000, Nutritionists In AIDS Care (NIAC) and the AIDS Wasting Foundation (AWF) presented an all-day conference at Hunter College in New York City. The conference was entitled "Progressive Management of AIDS Wasting: 2000," and one of... Read more »
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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 »

When to Start Meds

Posted by Survivor, 1 Reply
Starting HIV-Positive Patients on HAART Early Reduces Treatment-Related Complications, Study Finds

February 9, 2006

HIV-positive patients who begin highly active antiretroviral therapy when they have high CD4+ T cell counts reduce their risk for... Read more »

Facial Wasting?

Posted by Anonymous
Please help!! I have been told that there is a wasting condition assicated with HIV. In particular wasting of the face . Is it remotely possible that this wasting can start right away( within 3-4 months of infection) I am scared so far all my test... Read more »

living with facial wasting

Posted by chrisFFF, 1 Reply
Hello,
I wanted to write because I have recently started a website to help people living with facial wasting. Lipoatrophy is a pretty emotional issue to deal with, and I wanted to have a place for people to connect about it and find out how to treat... Read more »