what causes
loss of appetite?

There are many reasons for a loss of appetite in patients living with HIV/AIDS.

In Patients With AIDS1-3

  • Chewing and swallowing may become difficult or painful due to inflammation or sores in your mouth or throat.
  • Some drugs can cause dry mouth or changes in taste.
  • You may experience intermittent diarrhea or overall physical discomfort associated with AIDS.
  • Shopping for food and cooking may drain your energy or desire to eat.
  • Depression can also contribute to a loss of appetite.

A loss of appetite often leads to choices that result in an inadequate diet. Because poor nutrition can lead to weight loss, malnutrition, and muscle wasting, it’s important to learn how to recognize and handle a temporary loss of appetite.