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Lipodystrophy, Body Changes and HIV/AIDS

Table of Contents What Is Lipodystrophy? Body Shape Changes Metabolic Complications What Causes Lipodystrophy? Can Lipodystrophy Be Treated? Caring for Yourself What Is Lipodystrophy? Lipodystrophy means abnormal fat changes. It is used to describe a number ofchanges in body fat that are experienced by many people living with HIV (HIV+).Lipodystrophy can also include changes in fat and sugar levels in the blood ofHIV+...
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crazy idea

I was just wondering if, by any remote chance, blood transfusions would be a good treatment for HIV or AIDS. If, as the HIV-positive blood recipient, you could get a fresh supply of healthy T-cells from the HIV-negative blood donor, wouldn't...
Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

Response from Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

University of Utah, School of Medicine
Dear Ana,It sounds like an attractive idea, but it doesn't work. Here are some of the reasons. A typical blood transfusion is only the red blood cells; CD4 cells (T cells) are a type of white blood cell. 99% of T cells live in the lymph nodes... Read more »

Is Weight Loss Surgery a Good Idea?

I have been HIV+ for seven years. I've also been very healthy, and continue to be. I'm not currently medicated as my viral load is still only about 1,100. The thing is that I have also always been fat. Healthy and fat, my whole life.I...
Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Response from Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Brown University School of Medicine
Tough question. I don't know of any info on wt loss surgery in a person with HIV. Your concerns seem very well founded to me. Also wt loss surgery is very difficult and associated with numerous nutritional problems post-op. Indeed the... Read more »

Is a PI only option a good idea?

Hi,I'm an HIV pos female, about 12 yrs now. Started Crixivan almost as soon as it was FDA approved and have changed meds a few times over the years always as a result of side effects, not resistance. Always got good viral suppression. When I...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
I agree with you. There are no data regarding extended antiviral effects of Reyataz+Norvir alone. There have been a few small studies of Kaletra given as the only HIV medication but I still would not consider this an attractive option for you.Both... Read more »

Need an idea of life span!

Dear Dr. Pierone, I'm amazed to see all the incredibly helpful information that your site makes available to people in desperate need of guidance. I was diagnosed 9/9/03 with VL over 5 Million and CD4 count of less than 20, I've had thrush...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Even persons with really bad numbers (and yours are really bad) can do incredibly well with current treatment. I have a patient that had a situation similar to yours that I met in 1997. He was in trouble then widespread KS, high viral load, very... Read more »
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Suggested Readin:IDEAS, COM. Jackie, GMan?? ???

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
Here is a site I found interesting:
Jackie, GMan, and others that are knowledgeable, what are your ideas and opinion on this? Many tests including Home Access HAVE NOT been improved since this was... Read more »

Am I infected? Any ideas?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
OK, it's been over a month, and no symptoms (other than insomnia, lack of appetite, and jaw/neck/back pain) that can't be attributed to stress, plus a somewhat low risk encounter (precum on open wound and the guy fingering me after he was... Read more »

Any Idea Why - My Own Pulse

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
My tremor/twitching are almost gone, however, another symptom seems to worry me. I don't know why this happens, but I haven't found any references to it in medical literature. When I lie down, I get a very strange feeling. I can hear my heartbeat,... Read more »

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Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I think I have HIV. I also think that I have developed OCD in constantly checking this website. No idea how many hours I spent on it today. Anyone else feel the same? Read more »