People with HIV-associated wasting lose weight without trying. As weight changes,
your appearance may change, too.1 It may cause concern among friends, family, and/or
But it's more than weight loss. HIV-associated wasting also depletes the body of
, which is made up of muscles, organs, blood, and water.2,3
It’s unknown why exactly this decrease in happens. But it’s believed
that instead of drawing energy from fat, the body uses for energy.2,4,5
Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing weight loss. They can provide
treatment options for HIV-associated wasting as well as guidance to
eating well and physical activity. The information and resources on this
site can help you start the conversation. Download and print the patient brochure
from the side tab to take with you to your appointment.
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- Serostim® [somatropin (rDNA origin) for injection] Prescribing
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- Dudgeon WD, Phillips KD, Carson JA, et al. Counteracting muscle wasting in HIV-infected
individuals. HIV Med. 2006;7:299-310.
- Roubenoff R, Grinspoon S, Skolnik PR, et al. Role of cytokines and testosterone
in regulating lean body mass and resting energy expenditure in HIV-infected men.
Am J Physiol Endocrinol. 2002;283:E138-E145.
- Gelato M, McNurlan M, Freeland E. Role of recombinant human growth hormone in
HIV-associated wasting and cachexia: pathophysiology and rationale for treatment.
Clin Ther. 2007;29:2269-2288.