CROI 2013: HIV+ People Less Likely to Use Aspirin to Prevent Heart Attacks, and May Benefit Less [VIDEO]


People with HIV were less likely than HIV negative people to use daily aspirin to prevent heart attacks, but among those who did, aspirin did not appear to reduce the risk of myocardial infarction (MI), researchers reported last week at the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2013) in Atlanta.

Sujit Suchindran from Massachusetts General Hospital and colleagues compared aspirin use and MI risk among more than 3000 people with HIV and 30,000 HIV negative control subjects.

They found that HIV positive people were less likely than HIV negative people to use prophylactic aspirin, and those at with multiple risk factors for MI were least likely to do so. More concerning, daily aspirin did not appear to have the same protective effect for people with HIV as it does for those without.

Suchandran summarized his results at a CROI press conference on cardiovascular disease and other non-AIDS events. "This may speak to differences in the underlying pathology of cardiovascular disease in people with HIV," he suggested.

[Sujit Suchindran speaks at CROI 2013 press conference, Atlanta, March 4, 2013]



S Suchindran, S Regan, J Meigs, et al. Comparison of Aspirin Use and Incident Myocardial Infarction Rates in HIV+ and HIV- Patients in a Large US Healthcare System.20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2013). Atlanta, March 3-6, 2013. Abstract 65.