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  • Smoking is the main cause of increased risk of heart attack in people with HIV

    People living with HIV who smoke have an almost three-fold greater risk of heart attack than HIV-negative smokers, according to Danish data published online ahead of print in Clinical Infectious Diseases. The study suggests that smoking drives the larger number ...

    28 January 2015 | Roger Pebody
  • Elite controllers may pay a high price for their low viral load

    About one in 200 people with HIV maintains an undetectable viral load and high CD4 counts without having to take antiretroviral therapy (ART). These so-called ‘elite controllers’ have long been the targets of research into how their immune ...

    07 January 2015 | Gus Cairns
  • Smoking doubles risk of death for patients taking HIV therapy

    Smoking doubles the mortality risk for people with HIV taking antiretroviral therapy, a study published in AIDS shows. Smokers had an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease (CVD) and non-AIDS-related cancers, and the life expectancy of a 35-year-old man ...

    16 December 2014 | Michael Carter
  • Weight gain on ART may raise risk of heart disease and diabetes

    People with HIV in the normal weight range who gain a substantial amount of weight shortly after starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) may have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, according to findings from the D:A:D study presented ...

    25 July 2014 | Liz Highleyman
  • Heart attack link to abacavir persists in D:A:D study

    The nucleoside (NRTI) drug abacavir (Ziagen also in Kivexa/Epzicom) continues to be associated with a near-doubling of the risk of a heart attack, according to the latest update from the Data Collection on Adverse events of Anti-HIV Drugs (D:A:D) ...

    14 March 2014 | Gus Cairns
  • Heart attack risk in people with HIV may be falling – but not in women

    A number of studies at last week’s Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) examined whether people with HIV had an elevated risk of heart attack and other manifestations of cardiovascular disease. They came to different conclusions about whether ...

    10 March 2014 | Gus Cairns
  • Low CD4 cell count increases heart attack risk for people with HIV

    Immunodeficiency is an important risk factor for heart attack in people living with HIV, results of a large US study published in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes show. People with recent and nadir ...

    28 October 2013 | Michael Carter
  • Ensuring good-quality HIV care in Europe: where can we improve?

    Only 20% of people with HIV in Europe have fully suppressed viral load, compared to an estimated 24% in sub-Saharan Africa, despite much higher rates of HIV diagnosis in the European region, Professor Jens Lundgren of the University of ...

    19 October 2013 | Keith Alcorn
  • Eviplera works well regardless of viral load or CD4 count, may improve lipid levels

    The single-tablet regimen Eviplera (rilpivirine/tenofovir/FTC) worked as well as Atripla (efavirenz/tenofovir/FTC) for treatment-naive people across a range of viral load and CD4 cell counts, researchers reported at the Second IDWeek conference last week in San Francisco. Another study found that switching ...

    11 October 2013 | Liz Highleyman
  • People with HIV have higher risk of death after heart attack

    People with HIV had higher mortality than HIV-negative individuals after hospitalisation for acute coronary syndrome, but the excess risk disappeared for people on antiretroviral therapy with high CD4 cell counts, researchers reported last week at the IDWeek 2013 conference in ...

    08 October 2013 | Liz Highleyman
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  • Dramatic decline in risk for heart attacks among HIV-positive Kaiser Permanente members

    Previously reported increased risk of heart attacks among HIV-positive individuals has been largely reversed in recent years for Kaiser Permanente's California patients, according to a study published in the current online issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases. The adjusted risk ratio for heart attacks among HIV-positive study participants went from an 80 percent increased risk in 1996 to no increased risk in 2010-2011. Reported first on Aidsmap at .

    19 January 2015 | Eurekalert
  • HIV-infected adults diagnosed with age-related diseases at similar ages as uninfected adults

    HIV-infected adults are at a higher risk for developing heart attacks, kidney failure and cancer. But, contrary to what many had believed, the researchers say these illnesses are occurring at similar ages as adults who are not infected with HIV.

    10 December 2014 | Science Daily
  • 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
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