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Prophylaxis Hiv Wasting

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AIDS InfoNet

Wasting Syndrome

...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 HIV is controlled by medications. Part of the weight lost during wasting is fat. More important is the loss of muscle mass. This is also called "lean body mass," or "body cell mass." Lean body mass can be measured by...
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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 Read more »

facial wasting

Hello, I have just been diagnosed with HIV, My CD4 count is 125 and my viral load is 232,000. My doctor wants to start me on Combivir 2x a day and Sustiva 1x a day. Will I be subject to facial wasting while I am on these meds?? Thank you.
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
...PCP). Combivir/Sustiva is an excellent combination, and one that is easy to take (three pills/day). With respect to facial wasting there are, unfortunately, no guarantees. That being said, this is a very "low risk" regimen. The key will be for... Read more »

link to hiv hiv temporal wasting picture

Dr. Gerald,With all this talk in the forum of temporal wasting, I was hoping you could send us a link so we can click on it to figure out whether or not it is something we might have.Please send a link with pictures. Thanks.Marc
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
...Thank goodness for google. Hear is picture of Temporal wasting Read more »

wasting but hiv negative

hi, and thanks for reading this, i think im suffering from wasting, but my last 2 hiv tests were negative, my legs are much thinner, and ive lost muscle and fat from my legs and my buttocks, as i can feel bones, is it possible that i am wasting even...
Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
...I am sorry but this site is for people with HIV. Try webmd. Read more »
San Francisco General Hospital

Does PCP Prophylaxis Improve Survival in Patients With HIV Infection?

...controversy about whether PCP prophylaxis -- which unquestionably delays the onset of pneumocystis in patients with advanced HIV infection -- also significantly improves survival. Several observational studies have shown survival benefits with... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents

...malaria is endemic, strategies to prevent malaria and its consequences include vector control, prophylaxis, and intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy. For U.S. travelers (including HIV-infected persons) to malarious areas, a combination... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Senegal Public Health Advocates Worry Country Backtracking in Progress Against HIV/AIDS, Might Waste International Aid

...Senegal, which is considered one of the African countries that has "most effectively" responded to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, is facing a "pivotal and worrying moment" as it attempts to provide education and treatment to its residents, Read more »
The Body's "Ask the Experts" Forums

FAQs About Facial Wasting From The Body's "Ask the Experts" Forums

...changed treatment regimens? When should I expect to start experiencing facial wasting? How likely is lipoatrophy with newer HIV drugs? I am experiencing fat loss and veins in my lower legs. I'm on Kaltera and Truvada. Is there a better... Read more »
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Posted by trnyack, 2 Replies
I was first diagnosed in May of 2001 when My Vl was 750,000 and my cd4 was 42, since then I have been taking a cocktail of Viracept, Epivir, Zerit, and Bactrim, My weight has dropped from around 160 lbs to just over 120, I am nioticing veins bulging... Read more »

question on wasting

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...does anyone know about wasting? I am still waiting to test, no appetite, and I have lost almost 10% of my bodyweight my pants are loose and people at work Read more »

HIV/AIDS Lipoatrophy (Facial Wasting)

Posted by bradford, 2 Replies
...HIV/AIDS Lipoatrophy (Facial Wasting) Individuals living with HIV and AIDS may not only have to deal with the threat of illness Read more »