HIV drug can raise the risk of heart disease: Study

February 08, 2016

Dr. Samaras also said, ???There has been a lot of debate as to what drugs are doing it, and does the virus itself cause it??We tend not to think the virus is causing these abnormalities.??? Explaining the implications of the findings she said that people need not stop the drug immediately but each individual's heart risk profile should be assessed before prescriptions are decided. ???When we weigh up the risks and the benefits of HIV treatment, we have to consider the best drug to stop the virus??If there are other drugs available that do the job equally well then it looks like (some) people should be considered for (a drug) that does not increase heart risk.???

At present nearly 17,500 people are living with the infection in Australia and 12,000 of those are younger than 50, according to the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research. Dr. Samaras explained that ???Twenty years ago we didn't think people would survive 20 years with the infection??And now they are surviving, they are doing quite well, and we are starting to see some of the diseases of old age much earlier than we would have expected to??But nevertheless we are trying to see how we can halt the progression to these diseases of ageing in people with HIV.???

The findings of the study are published in the online version of the journal AIDS.