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How soon to expect lipodystrophy with Truvada / Sustiva PEP?
Apr 15, 2005

I'm on day 5 of Truvada / Sustiva PEP. Thus far, side effects have been minimal and maneageable. I likely have a low chance of being HIV+ (please, God) but am erring on the side of caution. How soon after starting this PEP regimen can I expect to see any outwardly visible side effects, ie fat /muscle wasting, rashes, etc? Also, if it turns out that I'm HIV-neg. will these side effects still manifest themselves simply from taking these drugs? Thanks.

Response from Dr. Wohl

Don't worry. First, most people do not get these body shape changes even after years on HIV therapy let alone after a few short weeks. Second, the drugs you have been prescribed are not associated with these changes. Lastly, once you stop the meds there should be no lingering effects.


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