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Obese With Untreated Hiv

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The Well Project

Side Effects of HIV Drugs

...joint pain, blisters, blisters in the mouth, and pink eye. Liver Problems Some HIV drugs can cause liver problems. It is believed that women and people over the age of 50 are at a higher risk of developing liver problems. Obesity, heavy alcohol use, and other liver problems (such as hepatitis B and C) can also increase the risk. Some drugs, such as Ziagen (abacavir) and Viramune can cause an allergic reaction in the liver that increases...
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I am a woman who tested Positive two years ago and since that time have gained almost fifty pounds since being placed on Meds, Kaletra, Videx, and Epivir. My blood pressure has gone high for the first time in my life. I am so swollen and retain so...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine so staying off meds until things get resolved may be OK unless you have a history of a low CD4 count (< 200) or clinical AIDS in which case I am leery about drug holidays. KH Read more »

Obesity, HIV concerns

Hi Dr. Bob,You are the best doctor! I think its so great you have such a charming and caring style here. You are truly ahead of your time. I haven't met many Doctors with such a great personality.Well my concern is this. I haven't had intercourse,...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...3. In other words, your playing around is just playing around. Finger play and nipple noshing do not constitute significant HIV transmission risks.Stay well, Billy Boy.Dr. Bob Read more »


I tested Positive two years ago and since that time have gained almost fifty pounds since being placed on Meds, Kaletra, Videx, and Epivir. My blood pressure has gone high for the first time in my life. I am so swollen and retain so much water...
Sharon Lee, M.D.

Response from Sharon Lee, M.D.

University of Kansas Medical Center
...There are many reasons for retaining water. Most are not directly related to HIV or to the meds. I do not understand how the meds "caused" such a weight gain. It is clear that the weight gain can cause BP elevations, Read more »

Obesity and Diet pills

I am >45 lbs overweight and cannot seem to get a handle on dieting and healthy eating without binge. I have heel and back pain all associated with my weight. I am taking Atripla my CD4 >500 and viral load undectable. Is Acai Berry or Alli safe to...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

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

Program for Wellness Restoration
...A registered dietitian should be part of your care. Have your doctor refer you to one that knows about HIV and insulin resistance, not just any dietitian that deals with healthy people.Do not waste your money on those supplements. Instead, Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

About Two-Thirds of HIV-Positive People in U.S. Overweight, Obese, Study Says

...Society of America in San Diego, the AP/ Los Angeles Times reports. For the study, Nancy Crum-Cianflone of TriService AIDS Clinical Consortium in San Diego and colleagues examined medical records of 663 HIV-positive patients at U.S. Navy... Read more »
American Medical Association

Growth Hormone Treatment for HIV-Related Abdominal Obesity Improves Abdominal Fat and Other Cardiovascular Measures, but May be Limited by Effects on Glucose

...blood pressure measurements but worsened glucose levels, according to a study in the August 6 issue of JAMA , a theme issue on HIV/AIDS. Steven Grinspoon, M.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, presented the findings of the study at a... Read more »
University of Rochester Medical Center

Existing Anti-Obesity Drugs May Be Effective Against Flu, Hepatitis and HIV

... Flu Virus with Envelope Viruses dramatically increase cellular metabolism, and existing anti-obesity drugs may represent a new way to block these metabolic changes and inhibit viral infection, according to a study published today Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Obesity a Deadly Spinoff of AIDS Epidemic in Africa

...treatment has caused obesity rates to skyrocket. She noted that much of the obesity problem reflects a lack of education about HIV/AIDS. "You can actually be very well for a long time without dropping weight," she said. "It is only in the... Read more »
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HIV and Obesity

Posted by Donna, 1 Reply
...pretty well, my biggest health challenge is being overweight, there is so much information about preventing weight loss and HIV but not much about promoting healthy weight loss when its needed, and HIV.That is what I am all about, finding a... Read more »

Am I Infected

Posted by delhiguy, 3 Replies
I am 30 YO guy. Worried that I may have got infected. I met this friend of mine on 5th of Dec 2010 which was just a causual meeting after 5 years. After having drinks she started touching me and I got aroused and we end up mating. While in act, she... Read more »

Research suggests microbial cause of fat changes

Posted by Anonymous
...repeat, must read this article from the New York Times magazine, available online at Technically, the article is about obesity, but reveals that fat changes in the body are... Read more »

Should You Get HIV Care Only If You "Deserve" It?

Posted by TheBody, 12 Replies
...and there are no innocent victims. HIV is a viral illness, not a tool of self destruction. I have seen thousands of folks with HIV/AIDS over the past quarter century and I can assure you none not a single one wanted to be infected. Yes, some have... Read more »