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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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alternative HIV lipodystrophy treatments

I read a lot about various treatments for HIV related lipodystrophy and lipoatrophy. Some of these include Human Growth Hormone and insulin regulators. I've also noticed that a lot of bodybuilders use similar products, some of which are...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
To my knowledge those substances have not been formally studied in the context of HIV-related lipodystrophy. They amount if information available on many of those products in the scientific literature is often limited. There are legitimate safety... Read more »

HIV Treatment & Lipodystrophy

Hi Doctor,I been on medication of Combivir + Stocrin since 2006. I recently found out that this regimen is contributing to lipodystrophy. I am quite concern about this and wonder is that any alternative treatment I can consider? I plan take some...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
If available to you a switch from Combivir to Truvada (or Epzicom if HLA B5701 negative) often will slow/reverse fat loss. Effects on fat gain are more variable. Exercise and diet may help some patients so you should continue those healthy... Read more »

Lipodystrophy and Treatment During Acute HIV Infection Stage

I was exposed to the HIV virus about 5 weeks ago. I'm now considering antiviral treatment. However, since I've never been on any HIV medication, I would prefer to be on the combination that has the least chance of producing lipodystrophy....
Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
The risk of lipoatrophy on any of the meds is low (say <5%) over one year and may be especially low if you are young (<40 yo) and start with a CD4 greater than 200. Limiting use of d4T and protease inhibitors should further limit riskBest... Read more »

Lipodystrophy (LIPODYSTROPHY)

I'm trying to find CURRENT information about lipo treatment options, but everything I find, including on this site, is over 2 years old. Can you point me to anything newer. I've been advanced/full-blown (technically) for 15 years, and...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,The best source for current information about lipodystrophy (lipoatrophy and lipohypertrophy) should be your HIV specialist physician. Treatment options depend on your specific case. There is current information on treatment options on this site... Read more »
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HIV Positive Volunteers with Lipodystrophy Needed

Posted by Anonymous
HIV Positive Volunteers with Lipodystrophy Needed

HIV positive subjects age 18-65 with changes in body fat distribution
are needed for a three-year research study investigating treatment
with growth hormone. Participants will self-inject growth hormone
f... Read more »

HIV Positive Volunteers with Lipodystrophy Needed

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
HIV Positive Volunteers with Lipodystrophy Needed

HIV positive subjects age 18-65 with changes in body fat distribution
are needed for a three-year research study investigating treatment
with growth hormone. Participants will self-inject growth... Read more »

lipodystrophy from protease inhibitors

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I have known about my HIV+ status now for 6 years, and God has blessed me with continued good health. I have accessed all the major medications, plus vitamins to help fight the disease. Once I started taking the new protease inhibitors, I started... Read more »

Lipodystrophy and/or Neuropathy?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Is it possible to experience lipodystrophy and neuropathy within 2-3 months of HIV exposure, or are these conditions generally symptomatic of long-term HIV status? I have noticed significant swelling under my arm/ beside my right breast. I'm not... Read more »