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Untreated HIV and low cholesterol
Jul 6, 2004

I have read some articles suggesting that untreated HIV infection often causes lower cholesterol levels.

Is this true and, if so, do they know why?

Many thanks.

Response from Dr. Henry

Untreated HIV is associated with low HDL (good cholesterol) levels and can be associated with low LDL (bad cholesterol) if the HIV disease is advanced (partially as a marker of deteriorating nutritional status). Why is not well worked out. Going on effective HIV treatment has been shown to return the cholesterol levels to the pre-HIV state (often paradoxically increasing the LDL level). KH



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