Cardiovascular Disease in Blacks with HIV/AIDS in the United States: A Systematic Review of the Literature

Christine U. Oramasionwu, Jonathan M. Hunter, Carolyn M. Brown, Gene D. Morse, Kenneth A. Lawson, Jim M. Koeller, Christopher R. Frei

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Objectives: Blacks in the United States bear a disproportionate burden of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and cardiovascular disease (CVD). It has been demonstrated that HIV/AIDS itself and HIV/AIDS-related therapies may predispose patients to early onset of CVD. It is also possible that Black patients may be at greater risk for this interaction. Thus, the objective of this literature review was to identify and critically evaluate disparities in CVD between Black and White patients with HIV/AIDS. Design: A MEDLINE search (January 1, 1950 to May 31, 2010) was performed to identify original research articles published in the English language. The search was limited to articles that evaluated race-based disparities for CVD among patients with HIV/AIDS. Results: Of the five publications included in this review, a CVD diagnosis was the primary focus for only three of the studies and was a secondary objective for the remaining two studies. Two studies concluded that Blacks were more likely than Whites to have a CVD diagnosis at time of hospital admission, whereas, the other three studies did not detect any race-based disparities. Conclusions: Few studies have addressed the issue of Black race, HIV/AIDS, and CVD, highlighting the need for future research in this area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-35
Number of pages7
JournalOpen AIDS Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • AIDS
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diagnosis
  • Disparities
  • HIV
  • Race

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology


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