posted on Aug, 10 2006 @ 04:05 PM
Hmm, well, there is an important link here. Does your friend have high blood lipids? Although the official, clinical relationship between high blood
lipids and lipodystrophy/atrophy hasn't been proven yet, many doctors see them as going hand and hand in some patients. Sustiva actually tends to
increase blood lipids, leading some to believe, not know for sure but believe, that it may carry a higher risk for lipodystrophy and atrophy.
Hope this helps! And keep in mind, the answer is NOT stopping medicaiton, that will hurt and HIV patient TREMENDOUSLY and it could cause him to become
resistant to that drug, a veritable death sentence for some patients who are resistant or incompatible with other drugs. Rather, have your friend
address this concern with his specialist.