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Fats And Lipids In HIV Positive People

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HIV/AIDS and Lipodystrophy Treatments Part II: Treatments for Fat Loss

Table of Contents Fat in the Body Switching HIV Drugs Fat Loss in the Face Temporary Facial Fillers Permanent Facial Fillers Taking Care of Yourself Fat in the Body Fat is needed for the body to function. It plays an important role inkeeping the skin and hair healthy, protecting body organs, and maintaining bodytemperature. Fat is also stored energy. There are different types of fat found in the body. Visceral fat is...
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Losing fat through ultrasound safe for hiv-positive people?

Doctor,I live in Europe, where recently a new non-surgical alternative to liposuction has become available: Ultrashape. Basically its ultrasound waves breaking up the fat cells, whereafter the body gets rid of the released fat and cellular debris by...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
I have no personal experience with patients undergoing that treatment nor have I seen any literature on use of the technique in HIV+ persons. The fat problems in HIV+ persons of most concern are fat loss or intra-abdominal (not subcutaneous) fat... Read more »

Lipids

Are people who are on Isentress seeing raised lipids? Thanks,W....
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
Dear W.Thanks for your post.Although the data are not as deep as for some of our older treatments, the initial studies seem to show that Isentress (raltegravir, an HIV integrase inhibitor) is fairly lipid neutral. This has been seen in studies of... Read more »

Isentress - Lipids

Does Isentress elevate lipids? I haven't read anything one way or the other. Thanks, Ben...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
In an early study conducted in people without prior HIV treatment experience, Isentress did not elevate lipids. It was not a huge study so more data will be needed but so far, so good.DW... Read more »

Lipid Abnormalities and Non-NRTI Treatment Strategies....

My current treatment (Abacavir, Lamivudine and Nevirapine) has proven effective over the long term. I continue to experience many positive benefits including-an ongoing reduction with viral load-T-4 counts above 700-as well as relatively low...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Those are great questions for which my knowledge and ability to answer are meager due to a lack of long-term data on NRTI (Or specifically thymidine sparing) regimens. I have been more often switching patients to dual boosted PI regimens in some... Read more »
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