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The Well Project

HIV/AIDS and Lipodystrophy Treatments Part I: Treatments for Fat Gain

Table of Contents Introduction Treatments for Fat Gain Taking Care of Yourself Introduction 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. Fats also stores energy. There are different types of fat found in the body. Visceral fat is locateddeep in the belly under the muscle. Subcutaneous fat is the layer of...
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My FAT Belly (FAT BELLY) (LIPOHYPERTROPHY)

Hi Dr. Frascino, I was one of your patients in Sunnyvale way back in 1987 and now live in Sonoma County. I have attended some of your concerts and love you. My medical question is: I have fat around my organs and as you can imagine it is...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi Ginger,What a delight to run into patients from so many years ago (even if it is only in cyberspace). Belly fat, aka abdominal obesity or lipohypertrophy, is indeed one of the more annoying complications of being virally enhanced. Unfortunately... Read more »

Hard Belly lipohypertrophy

Hello Dr Pierone,Since the lipodystrophy forum is inactive, is this forum open to discussing types of lipodystrophy other than facial wasting? I'm finding very mixed information as to what causes "Hard Belly" lipo-hyperatrophy in long term HIV...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Lipohypertrophy is the accumulation of visceral fat and is most closely linked to use of protease inhibitors. This intra-abdominal fat is located around the viscera, but most patients also have fatty infiltration of the liver as well. This pattern... Read more »

lipodystrophy

Due to taking Invarase and Epzicom for an extended period I have accumulated thirty pounds in the abdomen and stomaach.My doc has refused liposuction,lap band or any other procedure to help me rid the lbs. I have started taking Isentress, Reyataz,...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Decreasing intra-abdominal fat gained on HIV treatment can be difficult. I have no experience with switching from your initial regimen to Isentress/atazanvir/epivir in regards to seeing a dramatic decrease in intra-abdominal fat. I would be... Read more »

I have a big belly and sunken cheeks

My viral load is undetectable and my t cells are over 1000 I take intelence and truvada i used to have a somewhat good body and now my cheeks are sunken in and my belly is fat and hard and I look like I am 6 months pregnant and my breasts are big,...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Thanks for posting and I am sorry to hear about your situation. It sounds like you have a combination of lipoatrophy (sunken cheeks) and lipohypertrophy (breast enlargement and increased abdominal girth). The regimen that you are on currently is not... Read more »
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The Body

A Closer Look at Egrifta, a Newly Approved Treatment for HIV-Associated Belly Fat Gain (Lipohypertrophy)

For years now, it has been clear that HIV-positive people are especially prone to developing unusual increases of fat in specific parts of their bodies. What has been less clear is exactly what a person with this type of fat gain, known as... Read more »
The Well Project

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... Read more »
The Well Project

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... Read more »
The Well Project

HIV/AIDS and Lipodystrophy Treatments Part III: Treatments for Metabolic Changes

Table of Contents Fat in the Body Metabolic Problems Treatments 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... Read more »
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Quick Questions About Lipohypertrophy

Posted by Choosing2Liv, 4 Replies
I faithfully work out three days a week and run at least a couple of miles the other four days. However, I seem to be gaining an unusual amount of weight. :( A while back, someone used the term "lipohypertrophy" when discussing weight gain, so I... Read more »

Egrifta tesamorelin, is it available?

Posted by artnut, 2 Replies
Positively Aware has an article (July/August 2010)on the FDA approving Egrifta for the treatment of belly fat. Is it available? Has anyone had any experience with it? The biggest problem seems injecting oneself. How about blood sugar levels? ... Read more »

Two weeks down and a life time to live

Posted by trulife, 2 Replies
Well folks...it's the end of two weeks on Atripla and so far things are going well. Side effects have been limited and are now subsiding. My biggest problem so far is swallowing the pill. I have always had trouble swallowing pills...go figure...a... Read more »

Hiding behind HIV

Posted by Magnet, 4 Replies
I write this question in the hope of gaining insight from both HIV positive gay men as well negative men in "magnetic partnerships". I only now discovered this term "magnetic", as it relates to my life! It can no longer be a twist of fate that my... Read more »