HIV and Heart Disease – NIH Explores the Connection
HIV-positive men and women can now live longer than ever before. A 2013 study found that a newly diagnosed 20-year-old on effective antiretroviral therapy (ART) can expect to live into their 70s, a lifespan only slightly lower than in people without HIV. While this is great news, physicians are learning that chronic HIV infection can place their patients at a higher risk of developing certain health problems earlier in life. One example is heart disease.
Sarah W. Read, MD, National Institutes of Health Karin L. Klingman, MD, National Institutes of Health Aids Education and Training Program National Coordinating Research Center