Metabolic changes while on ART

Metabolism refers to the range of physical and chemical processes which maintain the human body, including the processes of turning fat and sugar into energy. A number of metabolic disorders have been reported among people taking antiretroviral therapy. These include:

  • High triglycerides.
  • High cholesterol.
  • Insulin resistance.
  • Diabetes.
  • High blood sugar (glucose).
  • High levels of lactate.
  • Elevated ALT (a liver enzyme).

Lipid is the general term for fats carried in the blood. Lipids are bound to proteins in complexes called lipoproteins, which are carried through the bloodstream. The principal forms of lipids are triglycerides and cholesterol.

Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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