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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