Working together with a healthcare professional, nutritionist, or dietitian is key
to ensuring HIV-associated wasting is being managed and that progress is meeting
expectations. Managing this condition is a team effort that often requires the support
and education of the people around you. The information and resources on this site
can help you learn more and talk to your healthcare team about HIV-associated wasting.
Talk to a healthcare professional about your general health, how you are feeling,
and share any changes you may experience. These changes might include new symptoms,
life stressors such as changes in jobs or relationships, substance use, and anxiety.1,2
Be Aware of Changes in Your Body
Regular communication with a physician and/or nutritionist keeps them aware of changes
in your health and lets them make important decisions. Keeping track of changes
can also help you notice any changes that you should discuss with the healthcare
Suggestions on How to Talk With Your Doctor
Talking to your doctor about weight loss or a decline in physical endurance that you may be experiencing
is important. This is necessary for early interventions to combat the effects of
- Track your weight over time, noting any changes
- Take time to tell your doctor about changes in your weight and how you are feeling
- Tell your doctor about changes in your level of physical endurance that you may
- Ask your doctor about HIV-associated wasting, and if your doctor gives you a diagnosis
of HIV-associated wasting, there may be treatment options appropriate for you
- Grinspoon S, et al. Clin Infect Dis. 2003;36(suppl 2):S69-S78.
- Wilson IB, Cleary PD. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr Hum Retrovirol.1997;16:343-349.