WHAT CAN CAUSE
The exact cause of HIV-associated wasting isn’t known, but experts believe it can be related to one or more of the following:
- Infections may cause changes in metabolism and increase the body’s caloric needs
- The need for increased energy coupled with decreased nutrient intake may result in unintentional weight loss and energy loss
- Due to their compromised immune systems, people living with HIV may be at a greater risk for infection. cART (combination antiretroviral therapy) is unable to restore the immune system or resolve the infection
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