Apr 15, 2014
Is it at all possible for an HIV "pateint" to suddenly die in their sleep?
| Response from Dr. Henry
Sudden death (most often cardiac in origin due to heart attack or rhythm problem) occurs in the general population and is also seen in HIV+ persons. We have had several number of HIV+ persons in our clinic die suddenly though often had risk factors for heart disease (also sometimes history of alcohol or drug use which can increase risk for sudden death).The cause of sudden death in HIV+ patients is rarely due to AIDS. KH
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