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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 and Lipodystrophy

My daughter has been positive from birth, she is now 17 and actually off meds presently (almost 2 years). She was on zerit for about 5 years.She has a buffalo hump and the abdominal fat along with the thin arms, legs and face.None of her doctors...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Fat problems in the setting of HIV infection are not all due to the drugs. Time with HIV, low CD4 counts, genetics,and other factors contribute. Treating HIV infection with newer meds that don't seem to impact metabolic/fat function are... 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 from HIV meds

Dear doctors, Which HIV meds provedly causes lipodystrophy (weight loss, facial wasting, increasing of cholesterol and tryglicerides,...)? What kind of lipodystrophy which one causes? Thanks a lot. FT. ...
Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Response from Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Brown University School of Medicine
All antiretrovirals have been associated with LD. None are innocent. However aspects of LD can occur in people who have never taken HIV meds! In general I can say the following: nucleosides: fat wasting more than fat accumulation PI's: fat... 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 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 »

Lipodystrophy or Neuropathy?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
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 »