Title: The association of nadir CD4-T cell count and endothelial dysfunction in a healthy HIV cohort without major cardiovascular risk factors
Date: May 26, 2020
HIV infection damages many parts of the body. Modern medications are now able to control the virus so it is not detectable in the blood, but it is never entirely cleared from the body. We were concerned that even with proper treatment, people who had a prior history of HIV infection with damage to the immune system would have persistent damage to the blood vessels- making them at increased risk of heart attack, stroke and dementia. Using a sensitive test we were able to identify this damage to the blood vessels even though other clinical parameters like blood pressure were normal.