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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
From
BETA blog
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 http://www.aidsmap.com/Heart-attack-risk-in-people-with-HIV-may-be-falling-but-not-in-women/page/2834402/ .

Published
19 January 2015
From
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.

Published
10 December 2014
From
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.

Published
22 October 2014
From
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.

Published
03 September 2014
From
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.

Published
02 September 2014
From
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.

Published
14 August 2014
From
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.

Published
19 July 2014
From
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.

Published
26 June 2014
From
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).

Published
30 May 2014
From
International AIDS Society

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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