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  • Side effects

    The most common side effects are the result of your body getting used to a new drug. After a few weeks, these side effects usually...

    From: The basics

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  • Health checks

    Staff at your HIV clinic use various tests to keep an eye on your health. Many of these tests are done on samples of your...

    From: The basics

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  • The heart

    Unhealthy lifestyles and untreated HIV contribute to heart attacks, diabetes, stroke and high blood pressure.Symptoms can include tiredness, breathlessness, an irregular heartbeat and chest pains.If anti-HIV drugs...

    From: Factsheets

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  • HIV treatment, metabolic changes and ageing

    Smoking, lack of exercise, eating a lot of fatty foods and drinking a lot of alcohol can cause changes to blood fats and to the way your...

    From: Booklets

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  • Conditions related to HIV treatment, metabolic changes and ageing

    Lipodystrophy is a condition which causes changes in body shape and involves fat loss or fat gain in certain parts of the body. Long-term use of some older anti-HIV...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Cholesterol

    Excess cholesterol raises the risk of heart disease and stroke.Diet, exercise and smoking all have an impact on cholesterol levels.Some anti-HIV drugs may raise cholesterol levels....

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Other blood tests

    Every time you visit your clinic for a check-up you’ll have some blood tests. As well as being used to monitor your CD4 cell count and viral...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Stroke

    A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is cut off.High blood pressure and high cholesterol are major risk factors for...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • High blood pressure

    You should have your blood pressure monitored regularly as part of your HIV care.HIV drugs can interact with other medicines to affect blood pressure.Blood pressure...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Heart disease and antiretroviral therapy

    Cardiovascular disease (disorders of the heart and circulatory system which can lead to heart attack and stroke) is the leading cause of death in the...

    From: HIV treatments directory

    Information level Level 4

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  • HIV patients have nearly twice the heart attack risk

    Current methods to predict the risk of heart attack and stroke vastly underestimate the risk in individuals with HIV, which is nearly double that of the general population, reports a new study. The higher risk exists even when virus is undetectable in blood because of antiretroviral drugs. Accurately predicting risk is vital for preventive treatment, say clinicians.

    22 December 2016 | Science Daily
  • Stopping a Silent Killer: Know the Facts About Heart Disease and HIV

    Heart disease rates among people living with HIV are elevated compared to the general population. If you add to that the fact that heart disease is often a silent killer with atypical symptoms, it is easy to understand why more research needs to be conducted on this subject.

    21 November 2016 | Positively Aware
  • Heart- and age-related issues

    New issue of TreatmentUpdate focused on cardiovascular health.

    12 October 2016 | CATIE
  • PEPFAR and AstraZeneca Launch Partnership Across HIV and Hypertension Services in Africa

    The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca today announced a $10 million (subject to the availability of funds), five-year global public-private partnership that will expand access to HIV/AIDS and hypertension services by offering them in an integrated manner at existing PEPFAR-supported HIV/AIDS sites, beginning in Kenya.

    12 September 2016 | PEPFAR
  • Not So Fast: Do people with HIV really experience accelerated aging?

    Recent talk about HIV and aging has almost always been scary. A number of studies conclude that people living with HIV have so-called “accelerated aging”—meaning they will suffer heart attacks, strokes, cancers, and osteoporosis more often and sooner than those without HIV. Well, this is one article on aging and HIV that will challenge the concept of people living with HIV having an early expiration date. Instead, we can look at what we know and what we don’t, to get a better idea of what the risks are for HIV-positive people growing older—and what they can do about them.

    08 July 2016 | Positively Aware
  • Antiretroviral therapy may not be enough to reduce HIV-associated arterial inflammation

    Initiating antiretroviral therapy soon after diagnosis of an HIV infection did not prevent the progression of significant arterial inflammation in a small group of previously untreated patients.

    26 May 2016 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • Cardiovascular Risk Tools for HIV Go Head-to-Head in Large U.S. Study

    A cardiovascular risk-scoring system known as ASCVD appears to be a better predictor of myocardial infarction (MI) among people with HIV than other risk scores, including Framingham and D:A:D, according to new research.

    26 February 2016 | The Body Pro
  • HIV identified as leading risk factor for stroke in young African adults

    HIV infection is the leading risk factor for stroke in young African adults, a new study by the University of Liverpool's Institute of Infection and Global Health has found.

    21 December 2015 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • “Can People with HIV Eat Sushi?”: Your HIV & Diet Questions Answered

    These days the top health concerns for people with HIV are the same nutrition and diet-associated health problems faced by other Americans, like becoming overweight or obese. I often worry more about the impact of fast food and soda on my patients than I do about them getting sick from something related to HIV.

    24 November 2015 | BETA blog
  • The Heart of the Matter: Lowering your risk of heart disease

    People with HIV are at a greater risk for heart disease than the general population, even when they are taking antiretrovirals (ARVs) and have a fully suppressed virus. What can you do to lower that risk?

    03 October 2015 | Poz
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