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  • Cardiovascular Disease Risk Missed in Many HIV-Positive Veterans Despite Better Risk-Assessment Tool

    A retrospective analysis using the 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) Guidelines and Pooled Cohort Equations (PCEs) for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk found that the PCE scores were a much better predictor of 10-year CVD risk than the Framingham risk score in a cohort of more than 15,000 HIV-positive veterans on antiretroviral therapy, according to a presentation at ICAAC 2014, made by Henning Drechsler, M.D., of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

    22 October 2014 | The Body
  • Ischemic stroke rate 40% higher with HIV, but not if CD4s top 500

    HIV-positive adults had a 40% higher ischemic stroke rate than matched people without HIV. But stroke rates were similar in HIV-negative people and HIV-positives with a high CD4 count or low viral load.

    03 September 2014 | International AIDS Society
  • Having HIV Means Heart Health Medications May Be Overlooked

    People with HIV treated at a major university are less likely to receive medications to support heart health than those who do not have HIV.

    02 September 2014 | AIDSMeds
  • With advances in HIV care, survivors face other disease risks

    As effective treatments for HIV become more widely available in low-income and middle-income countries, there's an urgent need to assess and manage health risks in the growing number of people living with HIV. An update on non-communicable diseases among HIV-positive populations in low-income and middle-income countries appears as a supplement to in JAIDS: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

    14 August 2014 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • Drug that reduces abdominal fat in HIV patients also may reduce fat in liver

    The only drug to receive Food and Drug Administration approval for reduction of the abdominal fat deposits that develop in some patients receiving antiviral therapy for HIV infection may also reduce the incidence of fatty liver disease in such patients. Massachusetts General Hospital investigators report that six months of daily injections of tesamorelin significantly reduced fat in the liver without affecting glucose metabolism.

    19 July 2014 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • High CD4s Neutralize Raised Risk of Stroke in People With HIV

    People with HIV have a 40 percent greater chance of stroke than those without the virus; however, having high CD4 cells erases this increased risk.

    26 June 2014 | Aidsmeds
  • PI Therapy Raises Risk of Cerebral Small-Vessel Disease in US Group

    Treatment with HIV protease inhibitors (PIs) heightened chances of cerebral small-vessel disease (CSVD) in a group of US adults. And mild CSVD raised chances of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder (HAND).

    30 May 2014 | International AIDS Society
  • Social cocaine use 'dangerous' according to researchers

    Sydney University researchers have found that people who use cocaine ‘socially’ are at greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

    06 May 2014 | Gay News Network
  • Men with HIV have a greater risk and extent of coronary artery disease

    Men with HIV have a greater risk for coronary artery disease (CAD) and have more severe disease than uninfected men, according to an article being published in Annals of Internal Medicine. Patients with HIV are living longer and, as such, are experiencing more chronic noninfectious age-related diseases such as CAD.

    01 April 2014 | HIV / AIDS News From Medical News Today
  • Heavy Popper Use in Gay MACS Cohort Linked to New Heart Disease, Cancer

    Heavy long-term use of inhaled nitrites (poppers) was linked to new cardiovascular disease and cancer in HIV-positive and negative gay/bisexual men in the US Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS). More than half of men in this prospective cohort used poppers.

    14 March 2014 | NATAP
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