HIV is linked to a higher heart disease risk. Research suggests statins can help. But definitive proof likely won’t come for another three years.
Even when people living with HIV are on an effective antiretroviral (ARV) regimen and have a fully suppressed viral load, they still have a 50 to 100 percent greater risk of heart disease compared with the general population. Scientists reached this conclusion after factoring out other potential drivers of cardiovascular disease (CVD), such as smoking, diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure.