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Cholesterol - HDL, LDL, Triglycerides
Oct 4, 2006

Does HIV cause all cholesterol levels to be lowered? I cannot find the answer anywhere. Some seem to say it effects HDL & LDL and I have also read that it raises Triglycerides and lowers the other two. Does HIV causes all 3 to be lowered or just the good and the bad. There is so much conflicting information out there about this I would love some clarification.

Response from Dr. Henry

Untreated HIV infection often causes a decrease in total cholesterol (often including decreases in the bad cholesterol=LDL and as well as decreases in the good cholesterol=HDL) and an increase in triglyceride levels though there are wide individual variations. KH



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