Jun 3, 2006
I just would like to know if lipoatrophy affects everyone on HIV treatment. If not, then what is the percentage of people with lipoatrophy? Has studies been made?
| Response from Dr. Young
Thanks for your post.
Lipodystrophy is a common, but certainly not universal complication. Lipo is clearly more common among persons who start treatment with lower CD4 counts or who have been infected for a very long time; it's also much more common among persons who are taking a d4T (Zerit)-containing regimen.
The frequency of lipo depends a lot on the group of patients studied and their demographical characteristics. In most recent studies (like the the recent Gilead 934 study- comparing your regimen to tenofovir/FTC/efavirenz), the rate of lipo after 2 years was very, very low.
I hope this helps, BY
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