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A 53-year-old member asked:

why are people with aids so skinny?

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Dr. Michael Perez
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Not all are skinny: It's complicated and a result of many processes similar to what happens with other major diseases (like cancer, TB, heart failure) : malnutrition from lack of appetite, wasting syndrome from the energies of the body being redirected fight infection and generate inflammation, hormone changes , atrophy of muscles and fatty tissues being wasted.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

Opportunistic diseases often seen with aids include which diseases?

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Dr. Daniel Lee
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
PCP, MAC, CMV: There are 20+ opportunistic infections often seen with hiv/aids. The following link has a list of the opportunistic infections: http://www.Aids.Gov/hiv-aids-basics/staying-healthy-with-hiv-aids/potential-related-health-problems/opportunistic-infections/ the common ones that i see in my practice includes pcp pneumonia, disseminated mycobacterium avium complex, cytomegalovirus, and candidiasis.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What are common symptoms with aids?

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Dr. Daniel Lee
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Difficult to say: It is difficult to say exactly what are the common symptoms in someone with aids. Some people may have absolutely no symptoms at the time of diagnosis. Typical common symptoms may be very nonspecific, such as fever, weight loss, cough, or rash. As you can tell, these may also represent a typical cold or flu. Thus, the general recommendation is if you are concerned about hiv/aids, get tested.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What percentage of the people in Africa is infected with aids now? Is it at the point of no return?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
There's still hope: The prevalence of HIV depends on the country, but it can be shockingly high in some places. However, there is still hope. Yesterday npr ran a story about botswana, where rates are very high, but where the government is now supplying treatment for all citizens. Treating people with HIV drastically reduces transmission, and can even slow the epidemic.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How can you get infected with aids?

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
AIDS: Transmitted by: body fluids- blood, sex, breast milk, saliva, wound exudates, contaminated instruments like the drug users.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What could be reason that people with aids are so skinny?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Several: Infections may involve the gut and cause malabsorption. Advanced aids makes a person feel terrible and perhaps not want to eat. The virus if present in large quantities can cause apoptosis of skeletal muscle. There are probably other reasons.
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Now a days most people do not get AIDS and most people who have AIDS have a full viremic suppression with normal immune system recovery. And, in fact, most people with HIV have absolutely no physical signs of infection and they have the exact same body habits as everyone else in the population.
Dec 23, 2013
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Provided original answer
Exactly. In fact, this made me wonder why our correspondent is asking. We can control HIV thanks to today's molecular biology and knowing the truth about the cause of AIDS.
Dec 23, 2013

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