Changes to Your Face and Body (Lipodystrophy & Wasting)
For the first 15 years of the AIDS epidemic, weight loss and wasting syndrome were two of the most common effects of living with the virus, particularly among those with advanced HIV disease. Then, in the mid-1990s, the first triple-combination antiretroviral (ARV) treatments were approved, transforming HIV into a manageable disease and greatly reducing the risk of weight loss and wasting among HIV-positive individuals.
Unfortunately, a number of the early ARVs caused a disfiguring, largely permanent side effect known as lipodystrophy.
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