Can Your Weight Affect Your HIV Treatment?


Beth Orenstein

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Is Your Weight Healthy?

Early in the HIV/AIDS epidemic, people would often lose weight as a side effect of their anti-HIV drugs. Many of the drugs still cause bouts of diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting, which make it difficult to eat. The disease and the drugs also can leave you too tired to prepare meals.

Some people with HIV still experience significant weight loss. However, the number of people who are overweight or obese at the time of diagnosis and during the course of their infection has increased over the last 25 years. This is due, in part, to the rising rate of obesity in the general population.

Managing HIV goes beyond just taking your medications—you’ve also got to live a healthy life. These patients and physicians share how you can give your body what it needs to thrive with HIV.

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