|Scared of Weight Gain -- Meds
Mar 29, 2000
I am a 32 year old female, diagnosed with HIV in 96. I have been very scared of starting meds; however, my T-cells have now dropped below 200, and I must commence therapy. Besides the many feared possible side effects that may occur with all of the different meds available, I am primarily concerned about gaining weight and developing a high level of fat on my body. Are there meds that won't give you this weight gain? I have battled with my weight all of my life. Although I am not obese, just about 20lbs overweight, my greatest fear is uncontrollable weight gain. Please help me with this. I keep having more reasons to fear starting with treatment.
Response from Dr. Fisher
A PI-sparing regimen (nucleosides such as AZT, 3TC, d4t, ddI, abacavir) in combination with a nonnucleoside (such as nevaripine, sustiva or delavirdine) or a 3-nucleoside regimen (2 nukes with abacavir) are probably much less likely to promote unwanted weight gain than a regimen containing a PI. Whatever you choose you must exercise regularly and watch your fat intake. As HIV infection improves there is a natural tendency to gain weight.
Alvan Fisher, M.D.
Is Serostim a Possibility For Me???
- Cold Feet After Protected Anal Sex Worried I Have HIV
- Loose Stool After Sucking Penis Sign Of HIV AIDS
- Penis Discharge After Deep Kissing Worried I Have HIV
- Psoriasis After Anal Sex Worried I Have HIV
- White Discharge After Touching Vaginal Fluid Worried I Have HIV
- Amoxicillin Syphilis Treatment
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.