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  • Longer-term side-effects

    Effective HIV treatment has significantly reduced the risk of serious kidney disease in people with HIV. However, most anti-HIV drugs can cause some damage to the kidneys,...

    From: Booklets

    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 and HIV

    A stroke is a medical emergency that requires prompt treatment. High blood pressure and raised cholesterol are risk factors for stroke. A healthy diet, regular exercise, stopping smoking, and other...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • 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

    Information level Level 1
  • 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

    Information level Level 1
  • 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

    Information level Level 2
  • Smoking

    Smoking is one of the most important causes of illness and death in HIV-positive people.Smoking increases the risk of lung cancer, heart disease, high blood...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • 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

    Information level Level 2
  • 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
  • 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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  • Cumulative Ritonavir-Boosted Darunavir Use May Be Associated With Increased CVD Risk

    In patients infected with HIV, the cumulative use for ritonavir-boosted darunavir was associated with a progressively increasing risk for cardiovascular disease, according to research published in The Lancet HIV.

    11 June 2018 | Infectious Disease Advisor
  • What's the connection between HIV and high blood pressure?

    People with HIV are more likely than people without the virus to have high blood pressure, in part because of treatments and repercussions of the condition itself, a new review of research shows.

    23 May 2018 | American Heart Association News
  • Increased Risk for Abdominal Obesity Found in People Living With HIV

    People living with HIV are at increased risk for abdominal obesity, hypertriglyceridemia, and elevated low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol but not hypertension, according to a recent study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

    04 April 2018 | Infectious Disease Advisor
  • 1 in 8 patients with HIV has undiagnosed hypertension

    To estimate the prevalence of hypertension among PLWH, CDC researchers used data from the Medical Monitoring Project, a surveillance system designed to produce nationally representative estimates of behavioral and clinical characteristics of adults infected with HIV in the U.S.

    06 February 2018 | Healio
  • Cardiovascular disease: the next great challenge for HIV care

    Today, cardiovascular disease is among the leading causes of death among people with HIV. The HIV research community faces a critical need to better understand the mechanism of HIV-related cardiovascular disease and other age-related complications and urgently develop effective treatment strategies for them.

    01 December 2017 | STAT
  • People living with HIV can live longer, but urgently need improved care to achieve better health outcomes and quality of life

    Experts unveiled a set of recommendations on Wednesday to address health problems facing people living with HIV. Treatments are helping people with HIV live long lives, but they face higher risk than others of serious illnesses – from cancer to heart disease to depression.

    29 November 2017 | HIV Outcomes
  • HIV patients at greater risk of both heart and kidney disease

    Drawing on data from the international D:A:D (Data collection on Adverse events of Anti-HIV Drugs) study, Professor Boyd and colleagues assessed the risks of cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease in people with HIV infection. They found elevated risks of each disease occurring simultaneously.

    08 November 2017 | EurekAlert (press release)
  • Stroke Outcomes Similar in People With, Without HIV

    Patients with HIV have similar stroke outcomes and comorbid conditions compared with older patients who are HIV negative, according to data presented at IDWeek 2017.

    09 October 2017 | Infectious Disease Advisor
  • Heavy Marijuana Use Tied to Midlife Cardiovascular Events in U.S. Men With HIV

    Heavy marijuana use more than doubled the odds of a cardiovascular event in 40- to 60-year-old men with HIV infection enrolled in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS). The link between heavy marijuana use and cardiovascular disease was independent of viral load, cigarette smoking and other classic cardiovascular risk factors.

    13 September 2017 | The Body Pro
  • Why Do Women With HIV Have a Higher Heart Attack Risk Than Men?

    Research findings point to how far we still have to go to understand—and intervene in—the cardiovascular risk in women living with HIV.

    22 August 2017 | Medscape (requires free registration)
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