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January 4, 2010

Longer duration of infection with HIV linked with hardening of coronary arteries

"Using CT scans, US investigators have found that young men with HIV are significantly more likely than their HIV-negative peers to have hardening of the arteries. In a study published in the on-line edition of AIDS the researchers also found that arterial disease was so severe in 7% of men with HIV that it was blocking blood flow. Longer duration of HIV infection was the most important risk factor for hardening of the coronary arteries.

"'The current study shows an increased prevalence and greater degree of subclinical coronary artery disease in asymptomatic young HIV-infected men without prior history of cardiovascular disease', write the investigators."

Read more in Aidsmap, January 4, 2010.