Practical Review of Recognition and Management of Obesity and Lipohypertrophy in Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection

Jordan E. Lake, Takara L. Stanley, Caroline M. Apovian, Shalendar Bhasin, Todd T. Brown, Jaqueline Capeau, Judith S. Currier, Michael P. Dube, Julian Falutz, Steven K. Grinspoon, Giovanni Guaraldi, Esteban Martinez, Grace A. McComsey, Fred R. Sattler, Kristine M. Erlandson

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Background. Obesity and lipohypertrophy are common in treated human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and contribute to morbidity and mortality among HIV-infected adults on antiretroviral therapy (ART). Methods. We present a consensus opinion on the diagnosis, clinical consequences, and treatment of excess adiposity in adults with treated HIV infection. Results. Obesity and lipohypertrophy commonly occur among HIV-infected adults on ART and may have overlapping pathophysiologies and/or synergistic metabolic consequences. Traditional, HIV-specific, and ART-specific risk factors all contribute. The metabolic and inflammatory consequences of excess adiposity are critical drivers of non-AIDS events in this population. Although promising treatment strategies exist, further research is needed to better understand the pathophysiology and optimal treatment of obesity and lipohypertrophy in the modern ART era. Conclusions. Both generalized obesity and lipohypertrophy are prevalent among HIV-infected persons on ART. Aggressive diagnosis and management are key to the prevention and treatment of end-organ disease in this population and critical to the present and future health of HIV-infected persons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1422-1429
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 15 2017


  • antiretroviral therapy
  • human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • lipohypertrophy
  • obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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