Yet Another Reason to Avoid HIV: S.F. Study Finds It's As Bad For Your Heart as Diabetes

The more we learn about HIV, the more we think it's something to avoid like, well, the plague.

Take a recent U.C. San Francisco/San Francisco VA Medical Center Study, for example: Scientists determined that HIV is every bit as risky as diabetes or smoking when it comes to the hardening or thickening or the arteries — a condition called atherosclerosis.

This is a big deal in a world where HIV patients are living longer. Knowing a patient with HIV could be every bit as likely to come down with plaque in his or her arteries as a diabetic or smoker, a doctor might choose to aggressively prescribe precautionary lipid-lowering drugs years in advance, staving off the problem.

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