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Osteopenia and osteoporosis in people living with HIV: multiprofessional approach

Authors Lima AL, Oliveira PR, Plapler PG, Marcolino FM, Meirelles ES, Sugawara A, Gobbi RG, Godoy-Santos AL, Camanho GL

Published 8 December 2011 Volume 2011:3 Pages 117—124

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/HIV.S6617

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Ana Lucia Lei Munhoz Lima, Priscila Rosalba D de Oliveira, Perola Grimberg Plapler, Flora Maria D Andrea Marcolino, Eduardo de Souza Meirelles, André Sugawara, Riccardo Gomes Gobbi, Alexandre Leme Godoy dos Santos , Gilberto Luis Camanho
Institute of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Hospital das Clínicas, University of São Paulo School of Medicine, São Paulo, Brazil

Abstract: Increasing bone mineralization abnormalities observed among people living with HIV (PLWHIV) result from various factors relating to the host, the virus, and the antiretrovirals used. Today, HIV infection is considered to be a risk factor for bone mineralization disorders. The test most recommended for diagnosing osteoporosis is measurement of bone mineral density by means of dual energy X-ray absorptiometry at two sites. Osteoporosis treatment has the aims of bone mass improvement and fracture control. A combination of calcium and vitamin D supplementation may reduce the risk of fractures. Antiresorptive drugs act by blocking osteoclastic activity and reducing bone remodeling. On the other hand, bone-forming drugs stimulate osteoblastogenesis, thereby stimulating the formation of bone matrix. Mixed-action medications are those that are capable of both stimulating bone formation and inhibiting reabsorption. Antiresorptive drugs form the group of medications with the greatest quantity of scientific evidence confirming their efficacy in osteoporosis treatment. Physical activity is a health promotion strategy for the general population, but only preliminary data on its real value and benefit among PLWHIV are available, especially in relation to osteoporosis.

Keywords: osteoporosis, HIV/AIDS, diagnosis, treatment, exercise

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