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A 47-year-old male asked:

i weigh 118 age 47 at age 25 i was 99 pounds always been skinny. how long will it take me to gain 15-20 pounds i am 5'6 2/2013 tested hiv poz. i eat close to 2300 c a day and some times over 3000 ?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Gaining Weight: Hi i often have my HIV patients bring me photos of their parents and family. It is very hard to break your genetic family history when it comes to being thin. Being HIV positive the first and most important thing to remember is liver first. You need your liver as healthy as possible to get the miracles we see today with HIV tx. But, lots of protein and lots of working your muscles will help.
Dr. Ashley Bone
Psychiatry 17 years experience
It depends: This all depends on your metabolism, how many calories you take in, how many calories you expend. Weight gain/loss can also be affected by side effects of haart medications, as some cause diarrhea and I am not sure if you are taking any of those. Talking with your doctor would be important to determine whether nutritional supplements, like ensure, or medications to stimulate weight gain may help.

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