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What Is HIV‑associated Wasting?

HIV‑associated wasting may be of concern for many people living with HIV, even when the virus is well controlled with antiretroviral therapy

For people living with HIV, losing lean body mass (LBM) and body weight without trying, and experiencing reduced physical endurance, may be associated with an HIV‑related condition called HIV‑associated wasting.

HIV‑associated wasting can have an effect on your body, physical endurance, and ability to complete tasks, even if your HIV is well controlled on antiretroviral therapy (ART)

People living with HIV may experience the symptoms of HIV‑associated wasting, including those who:

  • Are newly diagnosed
  • Are Long-Term Survivors
  • Have their virus well controlled on antiretroviral therapy
  • Are on antiretroviral therapy and losing weight without trying
  • Are on antiretroviral therapy and have, or have had, an HIV/AIDS-related infection
  • Are living with advanced HIV disease 
  • Are on antiretroviral therapy , but their viral load has not gone down 
  • Have been prescribed antiretroviral therapy but have not taken it as directed

You may experience HIV‑associated wasting even when your HIV is well controlled on ART.

HIV‑associated wasting is defined by 3 key symptoms

Although unintentional weight loss is a symptom of HIV‑associated wasting, the condition is about more than just body weight.  HIV‑associated wasting may impact your body in a number of ways, including:

HIV‑associated wasting should not be ignored

HIV‑associated wasting can seriously affect your health. It can cause loss of LBM and body weight, and can reduce physical endurance. If you are experiencing symptoms of HIV‑associated wasting, talk to your healthcare provider about whether treatment with Serostim® might be right for you.