December #176 : Statin Drugs Reduce HIV Death Rates - by Laura Whitehorn

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December 2011

Statin Drugs Reduce HIV Death Rates

by Laura Whitehorn

Many people who take HIV meds also need to take meds called statins to control their cholesterol levels. Those drugs may deliver a hidden gift: A survey showed that during a period of 18 months, there were fewer deaths (from cancers, infections, liver failure and cardiovascular disease) among people with HIV taking statins than among those on HIV meds alone. Statins also reduced inflammation, and that could be the key to the lower death rates—if research confirms the findings.

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