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How To Treat Wasting When You Are Hiv Positive

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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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weight wasting being an adolescent hiv positive

My daughter is 17 and a year has passed since she began wasting weight. Now she weights 37 kg. We are from Argentina, Ive tried many psychological therapies with no result. My daughter is constantly depressed and deserts every treatment we start. Im...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
The wasting is not a psychological symptom. In most people with HIV infection, it is a biological manifestation of caused by some of the chemicals released by the inflammatory response that the virus causes. You should consult her doctor for advice... Read more »

is the use of steroids to treat wasting and weight loss really safe in the long run?

I am posting this question again since whent the first time I submitted it when I hit send my computer went blooey! I have been hiv positive for about 9 or 10 years with one bout of PCP about 7 or 8 years ago. Recently I have been diagnosed with...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
I'm very sorry to hear about your lymphoma, and I hope the chemotherapy goes as well as possible.The oxandrin did NOT cause your lymphoma, so banish this thought from your mind. As to whether you can still use the oxandrin, this is a question... Read more »

is the use of steroids to treat wasting and weight loss really safe in the long run?

I am posting this question again since whent the first time I submitted it when I hit send my comp went blooey! I have been hiv pos for about 9 or 10 years with one bout of pcp about 7 or 8 years ago. Recently I have been diagnosed with lymphoma...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
I would be OK with the Androgel for testosterone replacement-the oxandrin is more problematic as you highlight. During the chemotherapy I would advise against use of oxandrin. If the lymphoma is put into a remission the issue could be again. I am... Read more »

Too Early To Treat Wasting

I have recently been diagnosed HIV+. The best estimate is that I sero-converted approximately two years ago. I am presently not undergoing anti-retroviral therapy. CD4 levels are 1300. VL is 7000. My weight has however diminished to a point where...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
You don't say how old you are, but that may be low level of testosterone. HIV has a particular propensity to kill testicular cells and testosterone replacement may help youl.If you are 40 for example, then that level of testosterone may be too... Read more »
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