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What causes AIDS wasting syndrome?

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When you have HIV, you burn calories fast. This could be because your immune system is working hard, or it may be because HIV has affected the hormones that control your metabolism. Whatever the reason, you may simply not be eating enough the get the nutrients your body needs to do its best. You'll need more calories to keep up your weight. This can be a challenge because HIV can take away your appetite.

From: AIDS Wasting Syndrome WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

New Mexico AIDS Education and Training Center: "AIDS Wasting," "Body Composition," and "Marijuana."

HIV Medicine: "Wasting Syndrome."

MedlinePlus: "Drugs, Supplements, and Herbal Information."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on December 16, 2018

SOURCES:

New Mexico AIDS Education and Training Center: "AIDS Wasting," "Body Composition," and "Marijuana."

HIV Medicine: "Wasting Syndrome."

MedlinePlus: "Drugs, Supplements, and Herbal Information."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on December 16, 2018

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