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STUDY: Why People Undergoing HIV Treatment Gain Weight Over-Time.


Human Immune Virus (HIV) is said to be a viral infection that can be passed from one person to another through engagement in intercourse, sharing of sharp objects, and coming in contact with infected bodily fluids.

The effect of this virus on the body according to research, can be reduced through the intake of antiretroviral therapy, as the same research says that about 1 in 5 people who were at a healthy weight when they were detected to have HIV get overweight within 3 years after taking these drugs.

Scientists are unsure, as at now of the reason HIV medications result in weight gain, but one possible reason is that the medications work, meaning that when you have HIV, your body frequently burns calories fighting infections, with the Antiretroviral therapy preventing you from getting infections.

HIV treatment also assists you to keep your appetite. And it assists your body to absorb more of the nutrients from the foods you consume.

The lifestyle as well impacts the weight. A high-calorie, high-fat diet and too little exercise could make you gain more weight while you are undergoing treatment.


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