HIV-related, noninfectious diarrhea and GI enteropathy

During the acute stage of HIV infection, the virus spreads rapidly throughout the GI mucosa, immediately targeting CD4+ T cells and damaging the intestinal lining.1,2

HIV-related enteropathy is characterized by chronic (>1 month duration), noninfectious diarrhea and CD4+ T cell depletion, which can persist despite CD4+ T cell recovery occurring with ART.1,3-6

This leads to a decrease in the ability of epithelial cells to maintain ionic balances and results in mucosal damage (GI enteropathy).1

This damage to the epithelial barrier can result in an altered gut microbiome, leaky-flux diarrhea, chronic immune activation, and/or impaired chloride ion secretion (secretory diarrhea).1,2,7,8

HIV enteropathy causes damage to the small intestine1

Direct effects

Indirect effects

In GI enteropathy, the small intestine lining shows
blunting and atrophy of the villi,1 resulting in:

One way to minimize HIV-related noninfectious diarrhea is by regulating the cAMP-stimulated CFTR and CaCC ion channels in the GI tract, which normalize the salt-water balance, decreasing chloride and water flow.10,11,†

Mytesi is a first and only antisecretory, antidiarrheal drug that normalizes
chloride and water flow in the GI tract.

Understand how Mytesi works

Who experiences HIV-related diarrhea?

According to a 2017 survey of 350 people living with HIV who experience diarrhea12:

*Types of diarrhea unspecified. Chronic diarrhea defined as diarrhea occurring for greater than 1 month in duration.

How to encourage open discussion about chronic diarrhea with your patients

The traditional approach:

“Have you noticed any changes in bowel habits?”

Try this instead:

“How many unformed, loose, or watery stools are you having per week?”

The traditional approach may not elicit the information you need if a patient has been living with diarrhea for awhile because they may not perceive a “change.”


Mytesi works
than other
treatments for diarrhea.


Mytesi may provide relief
from HIV-related diarrhea
for PLWH on ART.


Mytesi is well


CaCC=calcium-activated chloride channel; cAMP=cyclic adenosine monophosphate; CFTR=cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator.

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