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Aids & Bones

Nov 12, 2006

Do any of the AIDS drugs and or a particular disease common to AIDS patients profoundly effect bone strength? I tested positive in 1986 and on meds since 2000. Stopped 1 year ago.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Some studies have found increased osteopenia (reduced bone mineral density) and osteoporosis (reduced bone mass) in HIV infected people. There is no specific drug or factor that is sufficiently linked to this problem, although some studies suggest that HIV infection, HIV drugs (maybe protease inhibitors), as well as age, smoking, lung and endocrine (gland problems like thyroid disease), obesity, or lipodystrophy are are risk factors.

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