Can treatment with HAART lessen fevers?

Question

If you are HIV positive but not on meds yet, but experience fevers and some wasting in the legs, can treatment alleviate the fevers and thus also the wasting?

Have been positive for about 6 years with no meds, waiting on viral load, but CD4 is at 701.

Thank You,

M.

Answer

Chronic fevers are not common (though can occur) in HIV + persons with high CD4 counts (>>500)-documenting the fever and discussing with an HIV specialist is recommended. Fat loss in the legs also can occur but is not common in HIV+ persons on no treatment with high CD4 counts. The effect of antiretroviral therapy on the fevers and leg wasting may be variable but if those symptoms are HIV related then some benefit may well occur. A through clinical evaluation is recommended to look for other possible contributing factors. KH