In 2000 a Consensus Development Panel listed criteria for HIV-associated wasting at a meeting in New York City.


HIV-associated wasting is present if one or more of the following is present:

(1) unintentional weight loss over 12 months > 10%

(2) unintentional weight loss over 6 months > 7.5%

(3) loss of body cell mass (BCM) over 6 months > 5%

(4) body mass index (BMI) < 20 jg per square meter

(5) body mass index < 27 kg per square meter AND low body cell mass (see table)



Low Body Cell Mass


< 35% of body weight


< 23% of body weight


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