People who are infected with HIV are more likely to have a bone fracture, recent research has suggested.
The study, which was published in the journal Clinical and Infectious Diseases, found that low bone mineral density is common among HIV-infected patients.
As such, the study author Benjamin Young from the Rocky Mountain Centre for AIDS Research, Education and Services, suggested that bone fracture treatment and prevention should be factored in to the routine care offered to HIV-positive patients.
He added: "We confirmed that several established risk factors for fracture, such as age, substance abuse, hepatitis C co-infection, and diabetes, were associated with fractures among the HIV-infected patients."
The report looked at 5,826 HIV-positive patients and found that these people were between 1.98 and 3.69 times more likely to have bone fractures than the general US population for the period between 2000 and 2006.
According to the AIDS and HIV charity Avert, there were an estimated 33.3 million people living in AIDS or HIV in 2009.