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Magic Johnson looks great in BestBuy Ads.
Mar 29, 2004

Dr. Dave,

Can it be that Magic Johnson has no troublesome side effects as lipoatrophy, peripheal neuropathy, or lipodystrophy? He looks great for someone infected in 1991 with hiv, what do you think?

Best Buy Salesman

Response from Dr. Wohl

Dear Best,

If Magic is tolerating his HIV treatment well, he is not alone. Most ART treated patients do not suffer from major adverse effects from their meds. Fat accumulation is not a given and lipoatrophy has become much less common now that we use less d4T.

It is really a misconception that most taking HIV meds will develop these types of side effects. I am glad I can set the record straight.


How often should I check my CD4 count?
high VL, CD4 ok

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