People with HIV may be at higher risk for osteoporosis

A new study shows that people with HIV may be more likely to develop bone disease, according to Reuters.

In a group of people with HIV, researchers found that eight in 10 people had either osteoporosis (the brittle bone disease that raises the risk of fractures) or osteopenia (abnormally low bone mass that could progress to osteoporosis). Yet it is unclear exactly why people with HIV are more likely to experience bone loss, study author Dr Anna Bonjoch of the Lluita contra la SIDA Foundation in Barcelona, Spain, told Reuters Health.

HIV-positive people have the same risk factors as anyone else, but the virus itself may affect bones, as may some drugs used to treat it. However, the fact that some drugs may increase the risk does not mean people should opt out of taking them, Bonjoch said.

"To stop the treatment is not an option," Bonjoch, whose findings appear in the journal AIDS, added.

According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, one in three women and one in five men over 50 will experience fractures due to osteoporosis.
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