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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
Clinical Lipidology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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