Author(s): Collins E, Wagner C, Walmsley S, Collins E, Wagner C, Walmsley S
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Abstract Lipodystrophy is a poorly understood condition associated with antiretroviral therapy in HIV infection. The symptoms may include some combination of central fat accumulation, peripheral fat depletion, and metabolic disturbance. A qualitative survey of 33 HIV-infected heterosexual women and gay men with lipodystrophy assessed psychosocial impact and effect on quality of life. Dominant themes included erosion of self-image and self-esteem, problems in social and sexual relations, threats to locus of control, forced HIV disclosure, and demoralization and depression. Another theme was clinicians' minimization of the importance of lipodystrophy. Further research is required to fully understand the psychosocial impact of lipodystrophy and to develop strategies that help individuals cope.
This article was published in AIDS Read
and referenced in Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research