HIV infection and increased fracture risk: Study

March 03, 2016

There is no current consensus for the clinical management of bone health in HIV-infected individuals. The European AIDS Clinical Society recommends screening HIV-infected adults for fracture risk at age 40 years and older, whereas other recommendations suggest screening at age 50 years and older.

Michael Archdeacon, MD, professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Ohio said, ???I??m going to be a little more in tune to my [HIV-infected] patients?? bone density at a younger age, making sure they??re getting adequate calcium and vitamin D in their diet. They might be candidates for bisphosphonate therapy to decrease bone density loss.???

The study was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One of the authors has received research support from Cerner, Gilead Sciences, Merck, and GlaxoSmithKline and is a member of advisory boards or speaker's bureaus for GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, and ViiV Healthcare.