Argentina: Lumpy Body Fat Compounds Stigma of AIDS
January 18, 2011
For Argentine HIV/AIDS patients, lipodystrophy is a visual sign of an already stigmatized disease. The redistribution of body fat, a common side effect of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), is generally played down by health professionals but can be one of the most pressing concerns of people living with HIV/AIDS.
Lipodystrophy is marked by loss of fat in the face, arms, legs, and buttocks. Fatty tissue can concentrate between the shoulder blades, a condition known as a "buffalo hump," and in the breasts and abdomen for both genders. Women may experience narrowing of the hips. The condition also can affect HIV-positive adolescents and children.
Inter Press Service
01.13.2011; Marcela Valente
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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