The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol

What Does Wasting Look Like

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
Get the Facts
AIDS InfoNet

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...
Ask the Experts

Injectable Silicone for facial wasting

I have facial wasting and have looked into possibly going with Injectable Silicone. I browsed through the data for lipodystrophy but didn't see anything on this. What is your opinion?...
Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
Opinions vary...silicon oil is under investigation at a centre in LA. The main problem with silicon is local inflamatory reactions...some people get left with red patches at the site of injcetion. As silicon doesn't biodegrade any problems with... Read more »


do blacks suffer less from facial/body wasting than whites? ...
Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
This has been suggested in some studies but certainly individuals of any heritage can develop facial wasting. Looking at someones color also tell you nothing about their genetic make up and there are some well established links to genetics and... Read more »

Research on wasting

Dear Dr. Dieterich:Thank you for answering my question on reversing wasting. I am looking for websites/trials/information about research into wasting due to mitochondrial toxicity. I relize that we have no clear results yet but I am interested in...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
Dear Dave,The only one I know of is the TARHEEL study sponsored by Glaxo Smith Kline. Try the AMFAR directory or the ACTG list of trials. Good luck! DTD... Read more »

bout to use something new for fascial wasting

I tried collagen and it was a mess. I am about to get "fascian". I hear it's better because they can go deeper with it and it lasts longer. If this does not work I am going to find someone to do the micro-droplet injection of...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
I too am looking for answers to this problem. Your experience will be valuable to everybody who reads this forum. Let us know what happens.Alvan Fisher, M.D.... Read more »
Connect With Others

the answer to wasting,seriously

Posted by Anonymous
high everyone,

i was wasting away and iam a tall man so i looked like a african on crack,(no offense)until i started smoking weed again,it realy helped me and i put on 40 pounds,and i am still gaining,and i feel good and happy,some people may not... Read more »

Wasting Worries

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Ok. Haven't had really any "symptoms" of HIV. But, it seems like over the last year since my posible exposure, I have lost mass in my legs and arms while gaining weight at my midsection. My cheeks are sunken in as well.

2 questions.

Is it... Read more »

New fill and facial wasting

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Has anyone used new-fill for facial wasting? I look like clint eastwood and want my old face back. I'm doing fine on the medications. T-Cells are 600 and viral load undetectable! My second chance at life!! Now I just want to be beautiful!

Read more »

facial wasting

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hello All,
I've become obsessive with my concern with facial wasting. I've been positive for over 20 years, and have been very fortunate as I've not developed any AIDS related disorders. However, 3 years ago I was diagnosed with type II diabetes,... Read more »