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could an early infection of hiv virus cause cholesterol count to become high or elevated lipid studies?

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Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
No, but the meds....: Early HIV infection isn't associated with an increase in cholesterol levels. However, most HIV treatment regimens are associated with an increase in triglycerides, a decrease in hdl-c (good cholesterol) and a decrease in the particle size of ldl-c (bad cholesterol). All of the lipid changes increase risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Get treated, but see a lipid specialist too.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014

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