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If I Have Lipodystrophy Do I Have Hiv

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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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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 »

Lipodystrophy without having HIV

My female friend of 59 yrs has been suffering with an enlarged abdomen for the last 6 years and has now been told after many scans that fatty tissues are surrounding all of her main organs and nothing can be done for her. When she was 18 yrs she...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia
I am very sorry to hear of her problem. What you describe has nothing to do with HIV, although it may be related in some remote way to what we see as fat distribution problems associated with HIV and/or its treatment. This is very difficult to... Read more »

Lipodystrophy or HIV

What do you think is harder to find a cure for, HIV or lipodystrophy? How long before you think there might be a meaningful treatment for lipodystrophy?People keep talking about fat injections for facial wasting not lasting very long. Well how long...
Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Response from Alvan Fisher, M.D.

Brown University School of Medicine
First HIV has killed thousands of Americans and millions of people worldwide. Lipodystrophy has not. It is really important to keep this in perspective. We may never have a cure for AIDS in our lifetimes as viral infections have been notoriously... Read more »

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 »
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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 »