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November 5, 2009

Reassurance for HIV-positive women about short-term risk of bone loss

"Short-term rates of bone loss are similar in younger HIV-positive and HIV-negative women, US investigators report in a study published in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

"Although HIV-positive women had lower bone mineral density in the lower spine and neck on entry to the study, they had similar rates of bone loss during follow-up. Moreover, HIV treatment was not a risk factor for bone loss.

"'Our results provide some reassurance that short-term bone loss is modest in the majority of premenopausal, weight stable HIV+ women', write the investigators."

Read more in Aidsmap, November 5, 2009.