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How To Fix Lipodystrophy

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Body Shape Changes (Lipodystrophy)

No researcher has suggested that people with lipo should stop taking ART. What Causes Lipo? We do not know what causes lipo. There are different causes for fat loss and fat gain. Fat Loss Zidovudine (Retrovir, AZT) and stavudine (Zerit, d4T) are linked to fat loss. Efavirenz (Sustiva) may also contribute. Fat Gain One theory is that protease inhibitors interfere with the body's processing of fat. However, some patients who have never...
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frustrating that doctors have no idea why people have facial wasting and how to fix this!!!

Nelson,Its so frustrating that facial wasting is the centerfold of the new aids look. We just cant seem to breakthrough and conquer this. Are any clinical trials underway to try agents to counter this? We are all ears.Jasmine...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
Do not blame doctors. There are no FDA approved options and they did not have any training in school to deal with this side effect that is caused mostly by two drugs: Zerit and AZT. The silicone company (Richard James), the Bio-Alcamid company... Read more »

Lipodystrophy getting worse on "lipo friendly" treatment

Hi Dr. Conway,I am currently on Viramune and Truvada. I have been on this combination for about 1.5 years. Prior to this combo, I was on Viramune and Trizivir and switched to Truvada to remove the AZT from the regimen (to fix the lipodystrophy)....
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
You are on a regimen that is clearly not associated with the appearance or progression of lipodystrophy, so I would not want to change your regimen to address this possible complication, especially if it is being successful.It is possible that your... Read more »

Follow Up Question on Lipodystrophy Studies - AF

Dr. Fisher: I read with interest your response to the recent question posed about whether research is actually being done in earnest on fat redistribution/lipodystrophy. I've got to tell you that I thought there was a concerted effort going on...
Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Response from Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Brown University School of Medicine
It's a tough problem. There is certainly a growing awareness among those in "research land" of the importance of these issues. How to get more research done is hard to say. Let the companies that are in the antiretroviral arena... Read more »

HOW TO GET RID OF lipodystrophy SAFELY?

I have been HIV+ since 1989 and I have gone through most treatments available..the latest one is Agenerase,Zerit,Videx,Hydrea,Abacavir....but I suffer from quite important lipodystrophy buffalo hump,real breasts are starting to show up and my whole...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Your questions are very good and very serious. I need to know some more about your situation. I would like to know what your high and low CD4 counts and RNA levels are and what your current counts are. Also, do you know what your testosterone... Read more »
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In a bit of a fix...

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Hi there,

I posted a couple of weeks back about my drunken unprotected sex with a guy I had a one night stand with at Christmas who I later found out had been VERY promiscuous whilst travelling a couple of years back..
Anyway, had test after 4 weeks... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
anyone who will talk about this?

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exercise and PI lipodystrophy

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
i have been on zerit, epivir and crix for more than one year.
i have lipodystrophy (no more buttocks, fat loss in face and a paunch). I have always been an avid exerciser -- my doc has told me to STOP exercising, that it worsens the situation.
i... Read more »

Lipodystrophy and relationships

Posted by capri75
Anyone out there who has experienced a feeling of neglect in a relationship because they have lipodystrophy even thought they have healthy blood counts and full of energy. Anyone who knows a dating sites for people with lipodystrophy? Read more »