Early HIV infection and facial wasting
Sep 9, 2004
Quick question: Is it possible to experience facial wasting early in an HIV infection before medication is started? In other words, can HIV alone cause lipoatrophy early in the course of infection? Thanks, Gloria at Body Positive
Response from Dr. Henry
That has not been observed much in early HIV infection in the setting of good CD4 counts and maintaining body weight. Some patients with recent HIV infection can progress rapidly (fortunately that is a small minority of patients) and with low CD4 counts and weight loss there can be loss of fat including the face. KH
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