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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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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2009 H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) and You

...the beginning of the outbreak. This information is presented in a weekly report, called FluView . Is the 2009 H1N1 virus contagious? The 2009 H1N1 virus is contagious and is spreading from human to human. How does the 2009 H1N1 virus... Read more »
The Well Project

AIDS Defining Conditions

...Pneumonia, recurrent Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy Salmonella septicemia, recurrent Toxoplasmosis of brain Wasting syndrome due to HIV Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Immune Restoration Syndrome

What Is Immune Restoration Syndrome? How Was the Syndrome Identified? Bad News -- Or Good? What Problems Can Occur? How Is the Syndrome Treated? The Bottom Line What Is Immune Restoration Syndrome? Some people who start... Read more »
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 »
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ayuda , parece seguro que me contagie

Posted by marche, 4 Replies
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Hiding behind HIV

Posted by Magnet, 4 Replies
I write this question in the hope of gaining insight from both HIV positive gay men as well negative men in "magnetic partnerships". I only now discovered this term "magnetic", as it relates to my life! It can no longer be a twist of fate that my... 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 »