June #188 : Concerns: Health Threats Outside of AIDS - by Benjamin Ryan

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June 2013

Concerns: Health Threats Outside of AIDS

by Benjamin Ryan

“Non-AIDS events,” or NAEs, are a significant cause of sickness and death among people with HIV—in particular psychiatric, liver, kidney and cardiovascular conditions, as well as cancer—according to a large Spanish study of 5,185 people with HIV, spanning 2004 to 2010. According to the study, antiretroviral therapy can lower the risk of some NAEs, most notably psychiatric and kidney conditions—which is notable considering the ongoing research else-where into ARVs’ potential harm to the kidneys. Qualities associated with greater risk of NAEs included older age, less education, contracting HIV through a means other than sex, a higher viral load and a lower CD4 count. NAEs contributed to 29 percent of the 173 deaths during the study period.

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MAT STRAZZ, BOSTON MA USA, 2013-06-30 17:58:51
Non AIDS Events, is just another way to keep the numbers of HIV/AIDS deaths down. These events should be matched to like people age ect. the extra deaths, in HIV POZ people, should be counted as HIV/AIDS related deaths. Even car crash deaths should be counted, if they are more than matched general population. HIV does all kinds of damage, that leads to death. They should be counted. Why does it take yrs to get the stats, Many thing we track in real time, HIV infections and deaths should be also.

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