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Body Fat
Jan 12, 2006

Is it true that being HIV positive causes you to lose muscle mass and replace it with fat. I am 24 yrs old on sustiva truvada and I was told that I had a good prognosis. I ride myself on my body and what it looks like and I really do not want to lose my muscle mass, especially on the meds. Is this very common? I workout everyday and I try to keep myself in shape...I still am young, And I do not want to have a bad body? Would it be ok to start steroids, preemtively? What r your thoughts?

Response from Dr. Henry

The concern is more change of fat amounts and distribution but not generally with loss of muscle mass (for those with good viral control and decent nutrition). Your particular regimen has generally been pretty good at maintaining fat levels without loss of muscle mass. Some patients have a very low testosterone level which may impact muscle mass though that area needs more research. KH

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