|afraid of bone disease
Feb 9, 2002
Hi doctor.I am hiv+ and i read that haart therapy can cause bone disease like avn.i am very ,very afraid about this...i can`t stay without my legs(damage in the hips),with pain and imobilizeded...i`tooking meds and i don`t know what to think and what to do.It`s so difficult...i`m very afraid about this...i`m thinking in suicide...HELP,PLEASE...
Response from Dr. Boyle
To date, there has been no clear evidence linking antiretrovirals to the development of AVN, and that is still a relatively uncommon occurrence in HIV-positive patients. Some studies actually link AVN to a prior opportunistic infection (in particular, PCP), and so keeping on therapy and healthier may actually help to avoid this problem. Some drugs, in particular the protease inhibitors, have been associated with bone loss (osteopenia), but this is not related to AVN. Given how concerned and upset you are about this, please contact your doctor ASAP and discuss this with him/her.
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