Re: Body Shape Changes
Jan 19, 2006
In your response to a question you stated: "It's important to bear in mind that while lipodystrophy can be influenced by medications, there are other non-medication factors that also seem to add to the risk. Can you tell me what the non-medication factors are that can add to this risk? Thanks
Response from Dr. Young
Many studies have confirmed that increasing age, being male add to risk. Among HIV-related factors, the duration of disease and one's lowest ever CD4 count add significantly to risk of developing lipo.
To this later point, the notion of postponing treatment until ones CD4 counts are lower to avoid developing side effects (less than 200, for example) might actually increase the risk of body shape changes.
I hope this helps. BY
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