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AIDS 2014: Weight Gain on ART May Raise Risk of Heart Disease and Diabetes

People with HIV who gain weight shortly after starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) may have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, according to findings from the D:A:D study presented this week at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

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Rilpivirine Is Associated with Less Blood Fat Elevation than Efavirenz

People with HIV who started first-line treatment with a regimen containing rilpivirine (Edurant, also in the Complera coformulation) had smaller blood lipid increases and were less likely to have abnormal levels than those who started on efavirenz (Sustiva, also in the Atripla coformulation), according to 2-year data from the ECHO and THRIVE trials published in the April 11 online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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CROI 2014: Heart Attack Link to Abacavir Persists in D:A:D Study

The nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor abacavir (Ziagen, also in Epzicom or Kivexa) continues to be associated with a near-doubling of the risk of heart attack, according to the latest update from the Data Collection on Adverse events of Anti-HIV Drugs (D:A:D) study, presented to the 21st Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) this month in Boston.

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Men with HIV Have Higher Risk of Heart Disease

HIV positive men have more extensive atherosclerosis, or build-up of plaque in their arteries, than HIV negative men after taking into account other cardiovascular risk factors, potentially raising the risk of heart attack, according to an analysis from the large MACS cohort published in the April 1 Annals of Internal Medicine.

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CROI 2014: Heart Attack Risk May Be Falling for People with HIV -- But Not for Women

A number of studies at last week’s 21st Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston examined whether people with HIV have an elevated risk of heart attack and other manifestations of cardiovascular disease  (CVD). They came to different conclusions about whether having HIV is in itself a cardiovascular risk factor.

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