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Letter from the editor.

Dear Reader,

In the weeks before Tom Gegeny's departure (see his farewell message on page 25 of this issue), he and I planned this issue of RITA! together. We chose to focus on HIV-associated lipodystrophy because it affects a significant portion of people living with HIV today. This installment of RITA! truly illustrates the complexity of HIV-associated lipodystrophy--a complexity which may be partly due to the commonality this syndrome shares with other diseases and disorders that we have been studying for decades in the general population.

Unfortunately, just like with HIV disease, no magic pill exists to treat this condition. And, while many studies have focused on potential pharmacologic treatments, none has delivered breakthrough data, and we are often left with more questions than answers. So instead, we have tried to explore the definition and pathogenesis of several various syndromes that fall under the umbrella of HIV-associated lipodystrophy.

All of the contributors lend unique perspectives and experiences to this field. Dr. Robert Munk, an HIV community advocate and Founder of AIDS InfoNet, discusses the morphologic changes affecting patients with HIV-associated lipodystrophy, as well as some potential treatments. Drs. Ashok Balasubramanyam and Rajagopal V. Sekhar explore the biochemical mechanisms, etiologies, and pathological consequences of this condition. Moreover, in an interview with Dr. Steven Petak, he provides insight into the often-overlooked bone problems that can affect patients suffering from HIV-associated lipodystrophy. Finally, we take a brief look at research showing how positive lifestyle changes can have a big impact on this condition.

As Tom had often done, I thank you for your readership and support. With Tom's departure from The Center for AIDS (CFA), I will continue in my role as Editor of The CFA. However, I realize that in Tom's absence, I have some big shoes to fill. I will do my best, and I look forward to continuing the legacy of quality publications for which The CFA is so well known.

Very truly yours,

Jennifer K. Newcomb-Fernandez, PhD


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Author:Newcomb-Fernandez, Jennifer K.
Publication:Research Initiative/Treatment Action!
Article Type:Editorial
Date:Sep 22, 2006
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