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How can you treat weight loss from HIV?

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A few things can help you put weight on:

  • Talk to a dietitian to make sure your diet is balanced and gives you the calories you need.
  • Build muscle mass with weightlifting or resistance exercises, like pushups, planks, and squats.
  • Try high-protein supplements if your doctor or dietitian says it's OK.
  • Treat infections that may cause diarrhea or loss of appetite.
  • Your doctor may prescribe medicines to help with wasting syndrome, called megestrol acetate (Megace) and dronabinol (Marinol).

SOURCES:

Gary Sinclair, MD, HIV/AIDS specialist in Dallas.

Averting AIDS and HIV: “Symptoms and Stages of HIV Infection,” “Tuberculosis and HIV Co-infection.”

AIDS.gov: “Viral Load,” “HIV Lifecycle,” “Changing or Stopping Treatment.”

U.S Department of Veterans Affairs: “CD4 counts and infections,” “HIV Wasting Syndrome."

NAM AIDSMap: “Fact Sheet: Unintentional Weight Loss,” "Fact Sheet: Skin Problems,” “Cough.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Molluscum Contagiosum.”

The Mayo Clinic: “HIV/AIDS Symptoms.”

CDC: “Shingles (Herpes Zoster),” “Pneumocystis pneumonia.”

AIDS Education and Training Center Program: “Guide for HIV/AIDS Clinical Care: Fever,” “Guide for HIV/AIDS Clinical Care: Diarrhea.”

International Hyperhidrosis Society: “Night Sweats.”

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: “Mouth Problems and HIV.”

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on May 04, 2019

SOURCES:

Gary Sinclair, MD, HIV/AIDS specialist in Dallas.

Averting AIDS and HIV: “Symptoms and Stages of HIV Infection,” “Tuberculosis and HIV Co-infection.”

AIDS.gov: “Viral Load,” “HIV Lifecycle,” “Changing or Stopping Treatment.”

U.S Department of Veterans Affairs: “CD4 counts and infections,” “HIV Wasting Syndrome."

NAM AIDSMap: “Fact Sheet: Unintentional Weight Loss,” "Fact Sheet: Skin Problems,” “Cough.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Molluscum Contagiosum.”

The Mayo Clinic: “HIV/AIDS Symptoms.”

CDC: “Shingles (Herpes Zoster),” “Pneumocystis pneumonia.”

AIDS Education and Training Center Program: “Guide for HIV/AIDS Clinical Care: Fever,” “Guide for HIV/AIDS Clinical Care: Diarrhea.”

International Hyperhidrosis Society: “Night Sweats.”

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: “Mouth Problems and HIV.”

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on May 04, 2019

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