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Bone Fracture Risk Higher Among HIV-Infected Patients

A study appearing in Clinical Infectious Diseases says that HIV-infected patients experience higher fracture rates. It is common for HIV patients to have low bone mineral density which increases the risk of fracture among them. The researchers examined the differences in the bone fracture rates among the general population and those infected with HIV.

About 5,826 patients infected with HIV were analyzed. Upon comparing them with the general U.S. Population, it was observed that the annual rates of fracture among the patients with HIV were between 1.98-3.69 times greater.

According to Benjamin Young, the study author, all the risk factors like substance abuse, age, diabetes, hepatitis C infection etc., were linked to the fractures in HIV infected patients.The study will help in developing the guidelines to address the problem and incorporate the routine care among the patients.

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