[Article in Spanish; Abstract available in Spanish from the publisher]
Medicina (B Aires). 2019;79(5):345-348.
Hypovitaminosis D is frequent worldwide. In Argentina, according to studies conducted between 1987 and 2015, prevalence was > 40% in the general population. In people living with HIV it may vary between 20 and 90%, but the prevalence in our environment is not known. Our objective was to determine the prevalence of hypovitaminosis D in a cohort of adults with HIV infection in the city of Buenos Aires. We analyzed retrospectively medical records of 814 HIV positive subjects older than 18 years with at least one determination of vitamin D. The median age was 44 years (interquartile range 21-80), 746 (91.6%) were men, and 813 (99.9%) were on antiretroviral treatment. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to determine the association of hypovitaminosis D with CD4 values, viral load for HIV, and antiretroviral therapy. The present study shows that, in our environment, hypovitaminosis D is very common in people with HIV infection. Although it does not reveal evidence of a relationship with viral load for HIV, immune status, or antiretroviral treatment, the systematic search for hypovitaminosis D is mandatory in this population, taking into account its high frequency and the increased risk of osteopenia, osteoporosis and fractures, as described in people with HIV.