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Does HIV make you fat?

HIV infection or inflammatory changes associated with it may be responsible for fat accumulation and body fat redistribution, rather than HIV drugs, the CROI 2105 conference heard last week.

Dr Grace McComsey of Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio said that although the association of subcutaneous fat loss (lipoatrophy) with mitochondrial damage caused by certain HIV drugs was well-established (and most of the world no longer uses the drugs like stavudine that are most strongly associated with it), two decades of research had failed to establish a cause for the distinctive fat gain(lipohypertrophy), especially in the trunk and within the abdomen, seen in some people on antiretroviral therapy (ART).

Early HIV treatment reduces risk of serious illness and death by 44%

Starting HIV treatment at a CD4 cell count above 500 reduced the risk of serious illness including tuberculosis (TB), and death, by 44% when compared to starting treatment according to World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, results from the seven-year Temprano study show. The findings were presented on Wednesday at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2015) in Seattle, USA.

Rethink AIDS

The Kaleidoscope, comprising solely of students from SIM-UB, started off with a dream. A dream to present great music for an even greater cause. Finally, it has all come to fruition.

Through our event, we hope to generate awareness among youths and reduce the stigma associated with people living with HIV/AIDS. Its time to change our perspectives and #RethinkAIDS!