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Lipodystrophy (Acquired, Generalized, Inherited)

Lipodystrophy (Acquired, Generalized, Inherited)

Lipodystrophy definition and facts Picture of HIV Lipodystrophy Lipodystrophy refers to medical problem where there is an abnormal distribution of fat in the body. This can refer both to fat loss (lipoatrophy) and abnormal accumulation of fat tissue. The disease may be inherited genetically, (for example, familial partial lipodystrophy or FPLD), or acquired. If inherited […]

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ritonavir (Norvir)

ritonavir (Norvir)

What is ritonavir, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Ritonavir is an oral medication that is used for treating human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. It is in a class of drugs called protease inhibitors which also includes indinavir (Crixivan), nelfinavir (Viracept), emtricitabine (Emtriva) and saquinavir (Invirase, Fortovase). During infection with HIV, the HIV […]

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HIV Testing

HIV Testing

What are the different types of HIV testing? There are three main types of HIV tests: antibody tests, RNA (viral load) tests, and a combination test that detects both antibodies and viral protein called p24 (antibody-antigen test, or HIV Ab-Ag test). All tests are designed to detect HIV-1, which is the type of HIV in […]

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HIV Lurking in Spinal Fluid Linked to Thinking Problems

HIV Lurking in Spinal Fluid Linked to Thinking Problems

Latest HIV News TUESDAY, July 16, 2019 — (HealthDay News) Even with long-term treatment, HIV can still be found in the cerebrospinal fluid of some people with the AIDS-causing virus, a new study reports. And these patients are at increased risk of having thinking problems, the researchers say. “It is difficult to target infections that […]

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Most Americans Have Never Had an HIV Test: CDC

Most Americans Have Never Had an HIV Test: CDC

Latest HIV News FRIDAY, June 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Fewer than 4 in 10 Americans have ever heeded federal government recommendations to be tested for HIV, health officials reported Thursday. “Getting tested for HIV is quicker and easier than ever before — and when you take the test, you take control,” said Dr. Eugene […]

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For Women With HIV, Daily Life Can Impede Fight Against Virus

For Women With HIV, Daily Life Can Impede Fight Against Virus

Latest HIV News FRIDAY, May 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Day-to-day struggles prevent many American women with HIV from taking medicines to suppress the AIDS-causing virus, a new study shows. “Survival is a priority over putting a pill in your mouth for a number of our participants, and that is the public health challenge we […]