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  • 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
  • Elevated blood pressure increases heart attack risk for people with HIV

    Elevated blood pressure is associated with an increased risk of heart attack among people with HIV, a US study published in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases shows. However, investigators from the Veterans Aging Study Virtual Cohort also ...

    02 September 2013 | Michael Carter
  • High prevalence of heart rhythm disturbance among HIV-positive people on methadone maintenance therapy

    Spanish investigators have identified a high prevalence of a potentially life-threatening disturbance in heart rhythm among HIV-positive people receiving methadone maintenance therapy. ECG examinations showed that 36% of their participants had QTc prolongation, a condition that can lead to sudden cardiac-related ...

    13 August 2013 | Michael Carter
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  • 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
  • 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
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