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I'm Taking Kaletra & Truvada
Jul 5, 2012

Hi Doctor Henry,

I'm on Kaletra & Truvada, since Sept. 2004, my Tcells are 683 & I am undetectable. I would like to know, in your opinion, your thoughts of me switching to Truvada/Efavirenz, because of the lipodystrophy occuring on my stomach. I was a 29 waist in 2004 135lbs, now I'm a 34 waist & 153lbs, and to be honest, I look 7 months pregnant,I'm only 5ft 8inches. I am proud that the med's (Kaletra & Truvada) have been a miracle for me, but, the large belly is hurting me emotionally now at this point.I've bought bigger shirts, larger pants, and it's just not "fixing" how I view my self. Your thoughts are most welcomed. Thank you in advance, Joey.

Response from Dr. Henry

If you have no history of drug resistance or concern about drug resistance then usually a switch to an alternative more fat friendly regimen is worth considering--unclear to me how much more fat friendly efavirenz is than Kaletra but that is an option (as is rilpivirine and raltegravir or even an alternative protease inhibitor such as atazanavir). Abdominal fat gain is a complex subject with genetic life style, aging, CD4 nadir and other variables often involved making effective management often remain elusive unfortunately. KH

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