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Nov 29, 2005

Hi, I am starting to see reports of osteoporosis as a side effect of HAART or even HIV itself. I am currently pre-treatment at the moment. Is it wise to start adding Calcium supplements to my daily diet so that long term my bones are in as good a shape as possible? If so how much and how often?

Response from Dr. Henry

The factors associated with possible accelerated bone loss in patients with HIV +/- treatment have not been well delineated. If you are at low risk for osteoporosis (risk factors include post menopausal status, low testosterone levels, caffeine, alcohol, cigarette use, female status, white or asian background, excess use of corticosteroids and numerous other medical conditions) then the benefit of taking extra vitamin D and calcium is unclear. A dexa scan can easily assess a particular patient's bone density. KH

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