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Weight Loss In Initial Years Of HIV Diagnosis

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Weight loss of over 50 pounds in one year

My brother is HIV positive and has been for seven years. In the past year he has experienced a significant weight loss of over 50 pounds, or one third of his body weight. He sleeps a significant amount of the time (probably 14 hours or more each...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
Dear Sister,The official definition of AIDS would be met by a weight loss of over 10% of body weight, so in this case it sounds like your brother would qualify. He needs good medical care NOW! He also needs to stop smoking and start eating.I hope... Read more »

weight loss immediately following diagnosis

Hello... I was diagnosed HIV+ about three weeks ago. My doctor and I agreed to watch and wait... Read more »

Food intolerance?weight loss/nausea/vomiting

Dear Keith,I have been HIV+ for 15 years and on medication for 10 years since my diagnosis. I have... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

"It Took a Piece of Me:" Initial Responses to a Positive HIV Diagnosis by Caribbean People in the UK

Few published qualitative studies have addressed how people respond to the news that they are HIV-positive, and none have focused on Caribbean people, the study authors explained. To examine HIV diagnosis experiences and their immediate aftermath,... Read more »
U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration

A Clinical Guide to Supportive and Palliative Care for HIV/AIDS

Introduction The focus of this chapter is planning for and facilitating the transition from curative to palliative care, with emphasis on the initiation of either home-based support services or institutional care. The interdisciplinary team... Read more »

News & Views: Fighting Weight Loss; Criminalization; Long Distance Loneliness; and More

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Poster Session 42351: The Effects of Oxandralone on Body Weight and Composition in Patients with HIV-Associated Weight Loss

A variety of anabolic steroids are in use to help counteract the severe loss of body weight that effects many patients with advanced HIV disease. Studies have previously shown that HIV-related wasting causes the destruction of body cell mass (or... Read more »
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Weight Loss - not really intentional

Posted by dj1979, 4 Replies
I have a question for those experienced with meds, etc. I have been on Combivir and Sustiva since late January this year. My labs are much better, CD4 up to 550 from 227, VL to undetectable (down from 11,000). I am feeling great. I started an... Read more »

weight loss?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
why do people with aids lose weight?? is it because of diahrea and vomitting or does the weight just come off? thanks

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On the rise 3.5 years post HIV/AIDS diagnosis

Posted by PositiveInPVD, 5 Replies
Well, just some words of encouragement for anyone who is particularly new to this whole thing. After diagnosis in Dec 2002 when I was in very bad shape by the time we found out it was HIV (CD4 = 50, VL >650,000, thrush, wasting, all that bad... Read more »

what is considered weight loss?

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies

I was just wondering what you consider weight loss because although I weigh roughly the same (about 186 lbs) I am definitely thinning out. I can tell in the clothes I wear and people keep telling me that I lost weight. I had a possible... Read more »