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Lymph nodes and antiretroviral meds
Dec 2, 2011

I am HIV+ and recently started taking atripla two weeks ago. This morning I noticed a lump under my right arm. I believe it's a lymph node. Is it possible for your lymph nodes to swell again once you start treatment for HIV?

Response from Dr. Henry

Though many conditions (both HIV and non-HIV related) can cause lypmh node swelling, certainly some HIV+ patients experience at least transient lymph node swelling after starting effective antiretroviral therapy (often due to immune reconsitution/increasing immune function and increasing CD4 counts). If the node is painful or fluctuant (pus filled) then more likely something else is going on and recommend evaluation. KH

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