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HIV: PROBLEMS OF THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM-LOSS OF APPETITE

Loss of appetite has several possible causes. One cause can be HIV itself, which somehow causes an altered sense of taste: food just doesn’t seem to taste good. Other causes are depression, drugs, opportunistic infections, or infections of the mouth. Treatment depends on the exact cause. When the cause is HIV and an altered sense [...]

UNDERSTANDING TESTS FOR HIV: WHAT THE TEST RESULTS MEAN-POSITIVE TEST RESULTS

A positive test means that antibodies to HIV are present. If the antibodies are present, the virus is also present. The person with positive results can transmit the virus to others and needs regular medical attention. A positive test for antibodies to HIV is not a test for AIDS; a diagnosis of AIDS requires other [...]

HIV: ON DYING-PREPARING FOR AND ACCEPTING DEATH

Emotional responses to death Making decisions about the rest of life Other people’s reactions to death The dying person and the caregiver Balancing living and dying Death Dean Lombard: I’ve lost too many friends in too short a time. It gets stronger with each one, closer to home. I haven’t been sleeping too well. I [...]