Getting tested for HIV can
be scary; however, the condition is treatable so it is important to get tested
if you think you have been exposed. If you test positive, early detection and
monitoring of HIV will help your doctor determine whether the disease is
progressing and when to start treatment.
Your doctor may recommend counseling before and after HIV testing, and it is
usually available at the hospital or clinic where you will be tested. This will
give you an opportunity to:
AIDS wasting syndrome occurs when you have AIDS and lose at least 10% of your body weight -- especially muscle. You may also have at least 30 days of diarrhea or extreme weakness and fever that's not related to an infection. Not a specific disease, AIDS wasting syndrome is a poorly understood condition of AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). It is less frequent than in the past, thanks to HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) medications, called HAART. But it is still a significant threat. It...