Women with HIV endure an increased risk of age-related comorbidities

16 Aug 2023 • A study published in JAMA Network Open revealed that the burden of age-related comorbidities is higher in women compared to men, particularly among those with HIV. The study followed cohorts from 2008/2009 to 2019, involving 5,929 participants, with 55% being women and a mean age of 54 years. The study found that women, especially those with HIV, had a higher prevalence of age-related comorbidities compared to men. This was evident across various age ranges. The unadjusted mean comorbidity burden was greater in women (3.4) than in men (3.2). Conditions such as diabetes, bone disease, and lung disease were more prevalent in women, while other conditions like hypertension, psychiatric illness, dyslipidemia, and liver disease were more prevalent in men. The sex disparity was particularly significant in women with HIV across all age ranges, indicating that women with HIV experience a greater burden of age-related comorbidities compared to their male counterparts. These findings highlight the need for tailored screening and interventions for age-related morbidities in individuals, especially women, living with HIV. Source: JAMA | Read full story

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