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13 June 2017, 16:04
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Bone Problems Appear to HIV-Positive People At an Earlier Age

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Bones become more fragile on about ten years earlier by HIV-positive people if compared with those who’s HIV-status is negative, concluded the american researchers in the study “

An increased rate of fracture occurs a decade earlier in HIV + compared with HIV – men

”,  published in AIDS. HIV-positive people are at higher risk of osteoporosis, osteopenia and other bones problems, because bones loss appears at younger age, which may cause fractures. Ageing, unhealthy lifestyle (smoking, alcohol, obesity) increase the risk of bone problems. According to the results of the study, HIV-positive people of 50-60 age should not hesitate screenings and other tests connected with the health of their bones.

“A significant increase in fracture incidence was found among 50 - 59-year-old HIV + men, highlighting the importance of osteoporosis screening for HIV-infected men above the age of 50. We found that HIV + MACS participants had higher incidence of all fractures and fragility fractures compared with HIV– controls and that the rate of fracture was higher among HIV + men aged 50-59 years compared with HIV- participants of a similar age,” - commented the researchers. Specialists highly recommend to the patients, who have already reached the age of 50 while having HIV-positive status to do a screening to see if the health of their bones require more attention.

Author: Lilia Ten

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