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HIV and Cardiovascular Risk: Early Statin Use May Help

People with HIV on antiretroviral therapy (ART) with controlled viral loads may benefit from using statins earlier than typically prescribed to control high cholesterol, according to two studies presented last week at CROI 2015.

Published
06 March 2015
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BETA blog
Does HIV make you fat? Study connects viral load with fat gains

HIV infection, or inflammatory changes associated with it, may be responsible for fat accumulation and body fat redistribution, rather than HIV drugs, the Conference on Retroviruses and

Published
06 March 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Screening study finds high prevalence of early-stage lung cancer among smokers with HIV

Using low-dose computed tomography to screen selected people living with HIV who smoke, led to early lung cancer diagnoses at younger ages than normally seen in the

Published
05 March 2015
By
Theo Smart
Abdominal Body Fat Gains on ART and Viral Load: It Matters Where You Start

New findings show that people with higher viral loads when starting ART for the first time are more likely to undergo substantial body composition changes, such as an increased amount of fat in the abdominal area (called “central adiposity”), than those who start treatment with a lower viral load (abstract 140).

Published
04 March 2015
From
BETA blog
Smoking is the biggest risk factor for non-AIDS-defining cancers in people living with HIV

Smoking appears to contribute most to the burden of non-AIDS-defining cancers diagnosed in people living with HIV in the US, out of all the potential modifiable risk

Published
04 March 2015
By
Theo Smart
Study finds high rates of cancer among older people living with HIV

Older people living with HIV (over the age of 65) are at greatly increased risk of HIV-associated cancers, although many of the most commonly diagnosed cancers may

Published
03 March 2015
By
Theo Smart
Tenofovir, boosted atazanavir and boosted lopinavir are associated with cumulative risk of developing chronic kidney disease

Three antiretroviral drugs are associated with a slowly increasing rate of chronic kidney disease over time, the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2015) in

Published
27 February 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Stopping cotrimoxazole during antiretroviral therapy raises risk of bacterial illness, malaria, Ugandan trial shows

Stopping cotrimoxazole prophylaxis increases the risk of serious bacterial infections and malaria, even at high CD4 cell counts, in people taking antiretroviral therapy in Uganda, results of

Published
26 February 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
Low CD4 count important risk factor for oral HPV infection in patients with HIV

A low CD4 count is the single most important risk factor for oral human papillomavirus (HPV) infection in HIV-positive patients, investigators from the United States report in the

Published
23 February 2015
By
Michael Carter
Patients with HIV can safely receive kidneys from deceased HIV-positive donors, with good five-year survival rates

HIV-positive patients can safely receive kidneys from deceased HIV-infected donors, investigators from South Africa report in the February 12th edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. 

Published
16 February 2015
By
Michael Carter

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