CAN I BE AFFECTED?

HIV-associated wasting can be treated, but first you have to talk to your doctor

It’s important to identify if you think you may have HIV-associated wasting so you can speak with your doctor and get treatment. Learn more about how you can determine if you’re at risk.

CAN I BE AFFECTED?

HIV-associated wasting can be treated, but first you have to talk to your doctor

It’s important to identify if you think you may have HIV-associated wasting so you can speak with your doctor and get treatment. Learn more about how you can determine if you’re at risk.

HIV-associated wasting can affect anyone living with HIV

There isn’t just one type of person who gets HIV-wasting.

HIV-associated wasting affects many different people, including:

  • People who are newly diagnosed with HIV
    • Among those with advanced HIV disease, one-third will present with wasting
  • Poor virologic responders
  • People living with HIV and on HIV meds who fail to gain weight
  • HIV Long-Term Survivors
  • People on HIV meds who have, or have had, an acute infection
  • HIV-positive patients with normal CD4 counts and controlled viral loads
  • Those who have not been adherent to antiretroviral treatment

You may experience HIV-associated wasting even when your virus is well controlled on antiretroviral treatments.

So, how do I know if I have HIV-associated wasting?

Only a healthcare professional can diagnose you with HIV-associated wasting, but the questions below may help you know if it’s time to have a conversation with your doctor.

ASK YOURSELF:

Do I have unintentional weight loss?

  • Do the changes in my weight negatively affect my health and how I feel?
  • Do my clothes fit more loosely than normal due to unintentional weight loss?
  • Have I lost weight without trying?
  • Have my family, friends, or co-workers noticed any changes in the way I look or my body based on changes in my weight?

Do I have a loss of energy, along with a loss of weight?

  • Are there activities that are more difficult for me to perform?
  • Am I exercising less?
  • Do I need to rest more often?
  • Do I frequently feel tired after certain activities?

If you answered “yes” to some of these questions, then you should speak with your healthcare provider about HIV-associated wasting. Need help getting the conversation started? Download our Discussion Guide