(DENVER) -- The risk of bone fractures is higher for people living with HIV, researchers say.
Benjamin Young, MD, PhD, of the Rocky Mountain Center for AIDS Research, Education and Services in Denver, and colleagues reported that because the patient's immune system is in such a vulnerable state -- or at its lowest CD4 count -- risk of bone fracture is much greater.
The study found that fragility fractures at the wrist, vertebra and femoral neck appear to be the main prompts for the increased risk. Authors of the study also saw an association between fracture risk and factors like old age, substance abuse, hepatitis C co-infection and diabetes.
After the analysis of approximately 120,000 veterans, a 2010 report also indicated HIV could be a risk factor for fragility fractures.
Dr. Young hopes that the study's findings will help to advance bone health management for HIV patients, noting that the current method of care for this problem "is not well defined and remains controversial."
Young and colleagues reported their findings online in Clinical Infectious Diseases.
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