How To Recognize & Treat AIDS Wasting Syndrome

A man's feet on a scale( — AIDS wasting syndrome is the involuntary loss of more than 10% of body weight, plus more than 30 days of either diarrhea, weakness and/or fever. Wasting is linked to disease progression and death. Losing just 5% of body weight can have the same negative effects.

Wasting is still an ongoing problem for people with AIDS, even people whose HIV is controlled by medications.

What Causes AIDS Wasting?

Several factors contribute to AIDS wasting: