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Offline tuggem

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Pubic Lipomas
« on: May 17, 2007, 12:40:06 PM »
A friend sent me this article about pubic lipomas yesterday.  It was the first evidence that supported what I have seen happening in my body.  In fact, my docs at Duke University Medical Center had not seen anything like what I was experiencing.  Thanks to AIDSmeds.com, I was able to  forward this article to my doc yesterday.

The prevalence of pubic lipomas, according to this article, is greatest among obese women who have had short-term exposure to HIV.  I do not fit any of these categories.  I am thin, male and have survived so far for 21+ years. I have not had any other fat redistribution, except that my blood triglycerides have been enormously high--as much as 8,250 at one point.  With Lopid and fish oil, I have been able to lower that number to between 500 and 1000.

Have any of you experienced this phenomenon?  In males, there is an additional issue of watching your fat pad envelop your genitalia.  There seems to be little information on this issue yet, and one aspect that should be added is the psychological ramifications of watching your penis shrink into your growing fat pad. (Sorry to be graphic.)

I would like to hear from anyone who is researching pubic lipomas or anyone who has watched as their body changed as a result.

Take care.

Ron Hudson
Lexiva, Videx EC

About 18 other meds to manage my side-effects/concomitant issues like diabetes, renal insufficiency, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, etc.

Poz since 08/25/1985 or earlier

Safe journeys!

Ce fut une belle aventure...

Offline Central79

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Re: Pubic Lipomas
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2007, 06:23:35 PM »
Hey Ron

Sorry to hear about your problem - I'm interested in lipodystrophy and saw this article as well. I started a thread about it here:


As I was surprised at the research that claimed 9.4% of HIV+ patients have this problem, as I had never heard of it before.

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Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Pubic Lipomas
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2007, 08:57:21 AM »
That's one symptom that has missed me.

Offline aztecan

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Re: Pubic Lipomas
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2007, 11:29:14 AM »
Didn't miss me. In fact, there was a thread about it, but I think it was on the old forums.

I used to shave but then noticed, even though I was a thin male with obvious signs of lipoatrophy, there was what I called a doughnut forming in the pubic area.

As I recall, I wasn't alone. There were several others who post here who have noticed it.

I stopped shaving as a result of this. I have been relatively lucky it hasn't progressed too much.

However, after that, I got the hump, so I guess it hits you one place or another.


"May your life preach more loudly than your lips."
~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline tuggem

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Re: Pubic Lipomas
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2007, 05:58:38 PM »
Hey Aztecan,

I have grown a facial beard (just to be clear of location) to hide my increasingly sunken cheeks, but have never really gotten into body shaving.  There is just no hiding the pubic pad.  It shows through my jeans and makes some believe I am packing more there than I am.  Well, that is not true as I have more in my pants than I would want, , but the item packed is probably not what they would be expecting.  The pubic pad is  basically is about 2-3 inches thick and covers the entire pubic area.

Luckily, I have a partner now and he isn't concerned with the appearance because his body has been ravaged by other side effects (the belly fat syndrome). 

Thanks for writing...it is nice to know that I am not alone in this.  I was thinking I was really "special".

Lexiva, Videx EC

About 18 other meds to manage my side-effects/concomitant issues like diabetes, renal insufficiency, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, etc.

Poz since 08/25/1985 or earlier

Safe journeys!

Ce fut une belle aventure...


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