WHEN—AND HOW—SHOULD I TALK
TO MY HEALTHCARE PROVIDER (HCP)
ABOUT HIV-ASSOCIATED WASTING?
HIV-associated wasting can be associated with poor physical function, faster disease progression, and even an increased risk of death. Only an HCP can diagnose HIV-associated wasting, so it is important to speak with your doctor as soon as possible.
Questions to ask
To begin a conversation with your HCP, first ask yourself:
- Have I lost weight without trying?
- Does the change in my weight impact how I feel about myself or my health?
- Is my clothing looser than before because I have lost weight without trying?
- Have those I know mentioned that my appearance has changed?
- Are any of my usual activities more difficult to perform?
- Am I exercising less than in the past?
- Do I need to take breaks more often?
- Do I tire more easily after certain activities?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s time to start a discussion with your doctor.
Here are some potential conversation starters when speaking to your HCP:
“My family has noticed changes in my weight and in the way I look. How can I know for sure if I have HIV-associated wasting?”
“I have lost weight recently without trying. Could I have HIV-associated wasting?”
“The changes in my weight negatively affect my health and how I feel. Do I have HIV-associated wasting?”
“I have less energy than I used to have. Could this be a sign of HIV-associated wasting?”
View information about the potential causes of HIV-associated wasting.
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