HIV-associated wasting may occur even when the HIV virus is controlled and CD4 counts are normal1,2

People with HIV-associated wasting may experience unintended weight loss, which is often associated with weakness and nutritional deficiencies, among other symptoms2,3:

Unintentional weight loss
Unintentional weight loss, symptom of HIV-associated wasting, represented by scale
Decreased physical energy
Decreased physical energy, symptom of HIV-associated wasting, represented by figure on stairs
Nutritional deficiencies
Nutritional deficiencies, symptom of HIV-associated wasting, represented by apple
Loss of lean body mass
Loss of lean body mass, symptom of HIV-associated wasting, represented by measuring tape
Weakness
Weakness, symptom of HIV-associated wasting, represented by figure on stool

Whether you’re a patient, caregiver, or healthcare professional, it’s important to learn about this condition, including who can be affected and possible causes. HIV-associated wasting is a serious condition, but treatments are available.


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References:
  1. Mangili A, Murman DH, Zampini AM, Wanke CA. Nutrition and HIV infection: review of weight loss and wasting in the era of highly active aniretroviral therapy from the nutrition for healthy living cohort. Clin Infect Dis. 2006;42(6):836-842.
  2. Tang AM, Jacobson DL, Spiegelman D, Knox TA, Wanke C. Increasing risk of 5% or greater unintentional weight loss in a cohort of HIV-infected patients, 1995 to 2003. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2005;40(1):70-76.
  3. Dudgeon WD, Phillips KD, Carson JA, Brewer RB, Durstine JL, Hand GA. Counteracting muscle wasting in HIV-infected individuals. HIV Med. 2006;7(5):299-310.
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