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June 20, 2009

HIV infection alone does not increase risk of diabetes

"HIV infection itself does not increase the risk if diabetes, US investigators report in the June 19th edition of AIDS. Indeed, the results of the research showed that at the start of the study, people with HIV had a lower risk of diabetes than HIV-negative individuals.

"However, this was because of the low body mass index (BMI) of untreated HIV-positive individuals, and an improving immune status, treatment with antiretroviral drugs, and hepatitis C virus were all shown to increase diabetes risk in people with HIV.

"'We believe that the net risk of diabetes mellitus is determined by a complex interplay of individual factors, with the traditional risk factors dominating the profile leading to an overall lower risk in HIV-infected persons', comment the investigators."

Read more in Aidsmap, June 19, 2009.