HIV and Body Shape Changes: Where and What Kind?

HIV and Body Shape Changes: Where and What Kind?

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Although thankfully not as common as they once were, body shape changes remain a reality for some people living with HIV. But whereabouts in the body do they happen? And what kind of changes are we talking about?

Although thankfully not as common as they once were, body shape changes remain a reality for some people living with HIV. But whereabouts in the body do they happen? And what kind of changes are we talking about?

The medical term is lipodystrophy. "Lipos" is the Greek word for fat and "dystrophy" refers to an abnormal growth or change. So lipodystrophy means changes in body fat.

Within lipodystrophy, there are three main types of changes:

  • loss of fat;
  • gains in fat; and
  • less visible changes in the way the body processes fat and sugar.