Lipidome Abnormalities and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in HIV Infection

  • Emily Bowman
  • Nicholas T. FunderburgEmail author
HIV Pathogenesis and Treatment (AL Landay and NS Utay, Section Editors)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on HIV Pathogenesis and Treatment


Purpose of Review

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and its treatment with antiretroviral therapy (ART) are associated with lipid abnormalities that may enhance cardiovascular disease risk (CVD).

Recent Findings

Chronic inflammation persists in HIV+ individuals, and complex relationships exist among lipids and inflammation, as immune activation may be both a cause and a consequence of lipid abnormalities in HIV infection. Advances in mass spectrometry-based techniques now allow for detailed measurements of individual lipid species; improved lipid measurement might better evaluate CVD risk compared with the prognostic value of traditional assessments.


Lipidomic analyses have begun to characterize dynamic changes in lipid composition during HIV infection and following treatment with ART, and further investigation may identify novel lipid biomarkers predictive of adverse outcomes. Developing strategies to improve management of comorbidities in the HIV+ population is important, and statin therapy and lifestyle modifications, including diet and exercise, may help to improve lipid levels and mitigate CVD risk.


Lipidome Free fatty acids HIV Cardiovascular disease Inflammation 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Dr. Bowman declares that she has no conflict of interest.

Dr. Funderburg serves as a consultant for Gilead.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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  1. 1.School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Division of Medical Laboratory ScienceOhio State University College of MedicineColumbusUSA

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