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Terrible Acne
Nov 18, 2005

I am hiv+ and on treatment (combivir & virummune)I have terrible acne which I grew up with I am 42yrs old. I was told about rawacutan(not right spelling)Can I use it I am worried about side effect especially my liver please advise. My CD4 is 700 and viral load undetectable.Also I am a bit overweight and would like to to lipo - would you recommend it. I tried exercise but still overweight.

Response from Dr. Henry

Accutane like drugs can be used for acne in patients on your hIV regimen but close monitoring for blood/liver and other side effects of required. The decision to use liposuction is a personal one. Exercise, diet, hormone optimization is usually tried first before surgery is considered. KH

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