This is according to a research by the University of Edinburgh. An international team of experts, led by staff at the university, reviewed studies from 153 countries to determine the rate of heart disease in people living with HIV.
Using a sample group of almost 800 000, researchers found the risk of cardiovascular disease among people living with HIV was double that among uninfected people.
The link between HIV and heart disease is poorly understood. Scientists think the virus may cause inflammation of blood vessels, putting pressure on the cardiovascular system.
The virus is also thought to raise fat levels in the blood and affect the body’s ability to regulate sugar levels, which may also contribute to heart disease.