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Risk of Kidney & Heart Disease More In HIV Patients

By Staff

Despite being aware of the fact that HIV does not spread through the touch, but still the moment you hear of someone with HIV, a sense of social ostracism prevails even today.

This isn't all, according to a study, HIV patients are even at a greater risk for contracting heart attack or chronic kidney disease.

For the study, the researchers had taken into consideration over 1400 people who were undergoing HIV treatment. Over half the participants were diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, and more than 900 had experienced a cardiovascular disease. Almost 11% of these patients had experienced both chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular disease.

The study was led by Professor Boyd, an infectious diseases expert with the Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide.

During the course of the study, researchers found an elevated risks of each disease occurring simultaneously.

"Our research found that people with HIV at high risk of cardiovascular disease had a corresponding 5.63-fold increase in risk of chronic kidney disease," Professor Boyd says.

Professor Boyd says the research shows that the risks for cardiovascular and chronic kidney disease in people with HIV should be assessed together.

The research was recently published in the journal PLOS Medicine.

Meanwhile, know about a few of the early warning signs of HIV here. Take a look.


Fever for a few days can be viral, but when fever lasts for a longer period of time or occurs frequently then it should be taken care of.


Feeling fatigue after working for long, then it can be understood, but if you tend to feel tired and fatigued without any physical exertion then it can be one of the early signs of HIV. Getting checked at the earliest helps.

Dry Cough:

You are not suffering from cold, but still you have persistent cough that too without any phelgm then you need to get it checked. If your cough sounds hollow like that of a smoker's cough then it could be one of the early signs of HIV.

Loss Of Appetite:

Your taste buds tend to die if you are suffering from HIV and you have a loss of appetite. This in turn will lead one to lose weight as well. When you have a loss of appetite for a long period of time then it is important that you get it checked with a doctor.

Severe Muscle & Joint Pain:

Muscle and joint pains could occur if there is excess movement all of a sudden. But when you experience muscle and joint pain along with other symptoms like nausea, headache, loss of appetite, weight loss, fever and headache then it could be a sign of HIV. Getting checked at the earliest is essential.

(With Agency Inputs)

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Story first published: Thursday, November 9, 2017, 11:30 [IST]
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