Viral Load, Stroke Risk May Go Hand in Hand

Viral Load, Stroke Risk May Go Hand in Hand

People with an HIV viral load above 10,000 already face a number of HIV-related health issues. These are general stroke risk factors not associated with HIV in particular. When the researchers looked at HIV-specific factors like viral load, they found that people who started the study with a viral load greater than 10,000 were 2.7 times more likely to experience stroke, and the association seemed to decrease as viral load went down. For instance, participants with a viral load of around 3,000 copies were 1.4 times more likely to have had a stroke than those with an undetectable viral load. The study does not appear to have looked at stroke-specific risk factors, like diabetes and hypertension, according to viral load level, so it’s unclear whether participants with higher viral loads were also more likely to have other risk factors for stroke.

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