Lower Bone Density in Women Co-Infected with HIV and Hep B or C
Bone Problems Among Women, But Not Men, With HIV and Hepatitis
September 28, 2009
HIV-positive women who are also infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) have lower bone density than positive women not infected with HBV or HCV, according to a study published online September 23 in AIDS. Among men in the study, however, no connection between HIV, viral hepatitis and bone mineral loss was documented.
As increasing numbers of people with HIV are now living well into their 50s and 60s, diseases typically associated with aging have become a greater concern. Low bone mineral density can increase the risk of serious fractures, which in turn increase the risk of further illness and death.
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