HIV/AIDS Glossary

Cholesterol

A waxy, fat-like substance that is made by the liver or absorbed from foods such as eggs, meat, and dairy products. The body uses cholesterol to insulate nerves, build cell membranes, and produce certain hormones. Excess cholesterol, however, can clog the arteries and lead to heart disease. Some antiretroviral (ARV) drugs may cause high cholesterol levels.

Related Term(s): Atherosclerosis

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