Increased ocular lens density in HIV-infected individuals with low nadir CD4 counts in South Africa: evidence of accelerated aging.

Pathai, S; Lawn, SD; Weiss, HA; Cook, C; Bekker, LG; Gilbert, CE; (2013) Increased ocular lens density in HIV-infected individuals with low nadir CD4 counts in South Africa: evidence of accelerated aging. Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999), 63 (3). pp. 307-14. ISSN 1525-4135 DOI:

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BACKGROUND: HIV infection is thought to be associated with an increased risk of age-related morbidity and premature aging. Lens density increases with age and may function as a biomarker of aging. The relationship of lens density measurements with clinical and demographic characteristics in HIV-infected individuals in comparison with a matched population of HIV-seronegative individuals was investigated.<br/> METHODS: Case-control study of 490 adults aged greater than or equal to 30 years composed of 242 HIV-infected adults and 248 age- and sex-matched HIV-seronegative individuals. Lens density was assessed using lens densitometry (Pentacam) imaging. Measurements were divided into quartiles, and comparison of HIV status and HIV-related factors was assessed by multivariate and multinomial logistic regression.<br/> RESULTS: The mean age was 41.2 years in HIV-infected adults and 42.3 years in HIV-seronegative individuals (P = 0.14). Of the HIV-infected adults, 88% were receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) (median duration, 58 months), and within this group, their median CD4 count was 468 cells per microliter and 84% had undetectable viral load. Although adjusted lens densities were similar by HIV serostatus, participants on ART and who had nadir CD4 counts less than 200 cells per microliter had a higher risk of high lens density compared with HIV-seronegative individuals (P trend = 0.04). Lens density was weakly associated with detectable HIV viremia despite ART, but not with current CD4 count.<br/> CONCLUSIONS: HIV-infected individuals on ART with nadir CD4 counts <200 cells per microliter had increased risk of higher lens density. Lens density may represent a novel biomarker of aging, providing insight into accelerated aging trajectories in HIV infection.<br/>

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Clinical Research
Research Centre: Centre for Maternal, Reproductive and Child Health (MARCH)
Tropical Epidemiology Group
The International Centre for Evidence in Disability
International Centre for Eye Health
Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
PubMed ID: 23403862
Web of Science ID: 330448700017


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