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  1. AIDS Wasting Syndrome

    AIDS wasting syndrome occurs when you have AIDS and lose at least 10% of your body weight -- especially muscle.

  2. What to Do After Being Diagnosed As HIV-Positive

    Here are some steps to take when you learn that you are HIV-positive.

  3. Finding an HIV/AIDS Doctor

    What you need to know about finding an HIV/AIDS doctor that is right for you.

  4. HIV/AIDS Discrimination and Stigma

    Having HIV or AIDS can lead to discrimination and dealing with stigma. Learn how to cope.

  5. HIV and Pregnancy - Topic Overview

    The United States Preventive Services Task Force,United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,American Academy of Pediatrics,and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend that all pregnant women be screened for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. This is because early detection and treatment are the key to preventing newborn HIV infection. 1 ...

  6. HIV Medications

    WebMD provides a list of HIV medications used in the U.S.

  7. AIDS, HIV, and Pneumocystis Pneumonia (PCP)

    Pneumocystis pneumonia, or PCP, is a serious infection that often affects people with HIV and AIDS. Find out more.

  8. Medical History and Physical Exam for HIV Infection

    When you are first diagnosed with HIV, your health professional will check your current health status. He or she will ask questions about your current symptoms and past health to determine whether you have had any HIV - related illnesses, whether you have medication allergies, whether your immunizations are up to date, and whether you have ever been hospitalized for illness or surgery.Many of the

  9. HIV and Weight Loss - Topic Overview

    Weight loss in people with HIV has many possible causes. If you lose weight fast,it may be because you have another infection along with HIV. This type of illness is called an opportunistic infection. Gradual weight loss may be due to problems with nutrition. You may lose weight if you cannot eat enough food or if your body cannot absorb all the nutrients from the food you eat. Pain in your ...

  10. Pneumocystis Pneumonia and AIDS - Topic Overview

    Pneumocystis is a fungus that can sometimes cause pneumonia in people who have AIDS.Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. Pneumonia can make it hard to breathe and to get enough oxygen into the bloodstream. Symptoms often begin suddenly and may be similar to those of an upper respiratory infection, such as influenza or a cold. Common symptoms of pneumonia include:Fever of 100°F (38°C) to 106°F (41°C).Shaking chills.Cough that often produces colored mucus (sputum) from the lungs. Sputum may be rust-colored or green or tinged with blood. Older adults may have only a slight cough and no sputum.Rapid, often shallow breathing.Chest wall pain, often made worse by coughing or deep breathing.Fatigue and feelings of weakness (malaise).Your doctor may suggest an HIV test if you have not been diagnosed with HIV and Pneumocystis pneumonia is:Suspected on a chest X-ray.Detected in a test that evaluates sputum (thick fluid produced in the lungs and in the airways leading to the lungs).If you

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