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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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Loss Of Lean Body Mass & Body Changes

I have been Hiv+ for 10 years and have been noticing a problem over the past 5 years or so. My body shape is changing. I have not lost any weight and have good counts and an undetectable viral load. But still my arms and legs seem to be getting more...
Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

Response from Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

The Cutting Edge
Your experiences are similar to many clients with chronic HIV infection. I am not sure that anyone is clear on what is "normal" in this case. What seems to be true, however, is that the changes you are experiencing are affected by and... Read more »

Do my T-cell count affect my body to rehabilitate?

I know exercise is important and have been in the gym as long as I can remember. After testing positive for HIV 16 months ago I notice if I exerct myself too much I'm physically unable to exercise for a long while. The only way to explain the...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Dear K in Charlott, thank you for your post.I'm happy to hear that your viral load is undetectable and CD4s are starting to increase. Your symptoms are difficult to pin down and the diagnosis may depend a lot on which medications you're... Read more »

how it affects the mind

I would like to know how AIDS affects the mind, and if it deteriorates the brain or just the body functions in the lower extremities...Is dementia and/or mind deterioration a basic category of the disease? What type of mind deterioration does it...
Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Response from Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Psychotherapist and Author
HIV does have the potential to attack the central nervous system directly and can cause a large variety of symptoms including memory loss, mood and personality changes, mood disorders, balance and walking problems. So called "dementia" is... Read more »

will individuals today affected with hiv all share this fate?

Hi Doctor Wohl, I just recently read the article by Gregg Gonsalves posted here under what's new at the body. Gonsalves states in the passage,"With Fred Gormley's death; the death of my friend, Frank Moore; and Indian AIDS...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Jennifer, Sometimes I feel we do forget we are dealing with a deadly virus for which there is no known cure. We are still living in the heady days of potent HIV therapies, where one cocktail is easily swaped for another and people complain more... Read more »
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Care home for people affected with HIV/AIDS

Posted by kel
Hi All~
I don't know if this will interest anyone but her goes. I just recently moved to Phoenix AZ w/ my best freind (who is gay) and we found out that there are no care homes/assisted living facilities for the gay community here or for those... Read more »

Care Home for persons affected w/ HIV/AIDS

Posted by kel
Hi All~
I don't know if this will interest anyone but her goes. I just recently moved to Phoenix AZ w/ my best freind (who is gay) and we found out that there are no care homes/assisted living facilities for the gay community here or for those... Read more »

dear gmanbil Can HIV affect the liver?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
dear gman,hiv itself affect the liver,while NOT on meds?,
my liver enzymes are always raised.my recent DNA PCR WAS NEG,for HIV.

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will vitamins and Immune system booster affect hiv test results??

Posted by xrayvison, 3 Replies
I have a quick question. I am going to get an hiv test done soon but I was wondering since I take a high dose of immune system boosters like vitamin c, zinc, and vitamin d as a supplement for healthy living, would this affect the outcome of my test... Read more »