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Smith, C J; Sabin, C A; Lundgren, J D; Thiebaut, R; Weber, R; Law, M; D'Arminio Monforte, A; Kirk, O; Friis-Moller, N; Phillips, A; Reiss, P; El Sadr, W; Pradier, C; Worm, S W (2010). Factors associated with specific causes of death amongst HIV-positive individuals in the D:A:D study. AIDS, 24(10):1537-1548.

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OBJECTIVE: To investigate any emerging trends in causes of death amongst HIV-positive individuals in the current cART era, and to investigate the factors associated with each specific cause of death.

DESIGN: An observational multicentre cohort study.

METHODS: All HIV-positive individuals included in one of the cohorts in the Data Collection on Adverse Events of Anti-HIV drugs (D:A:D) Study were included. The association between HIV-specific and non HIV-specific risk factors and death were studied using multivariable Poisson regression.

RESULTS: We observed 2482 deaths in 180,176 person-years (PY) on 33,308 individuals [rate/1000 PY = 13.8 (95% CI 13.2-14.3)]. Primary causes of death were: AIDS (n = 743; rate/1000 PY = 4.12), liver-related (341; 1.89), CVD-related (289; 1.60), non-AIDS malignancy (286; 1.59). The overall rate of death fell from 16.9 in 1999/2000 to 9.6/ 1000 PY in 2007/2008. Smoking was associated with CVD and non-AIDS cancers, HBV and HCV co-infection with liver-related deaths, and hypertension with liver-related and CVD deaths. Diabetes was a risk factor for all specific causes of death except non-AIDS cancers, and higher current HIV RNA for AIDS-related deaths. Lower CD4 cell counts were associated with a higher risk of death from all specific causes of death.

CONCLUSION: Multiple potentially modifiable traditional and HIV-specific risk factors for death of HIV-infected persons were identified. The maximum reduction in mortality in HIV-infected populations will require that each of these factors be appropriately addressed. No trends in terms of emerging causes of unexpected deaths were observed, although monitoring will continue


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Infectious Diseases
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:19 Jan 2011 14:45
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:36
Publisher:Lippincott Wiliams & Wilkins
Publisher DOI:10.1097/QAD.0b013e32833a0918
PubMed ID:20453631

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