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August 1, 2010

Low Vitamin D Levels Not Associated With HIV Drugs "Low vitamin D levels in people with HIV were not associated with any particular antiretroviral (ARV) medication, nor with signs of bone loss, according to a study presented Wednesday, July 21, at the XVIII International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Vienna.

"Vitamin D is critical to good health. People with low vitamin D levels—which typically occur in people living in more extreme latitudes during the winter months—have been associated with cardiovascular disease, bone mineral loss and several cancers. Of concern, studies presented over the last several years increasingly find that low vitamin D levels are common in people with HIV, particularly African Americans, men and people who are overweight."