Jenni Wise, PhD, RN, assistant professor in the UAB School of Nursing, has received a grant to support her research on the impact of social determinants of health on cardiovascular health in individuals with HIV.
"People with HIV are at an increased risk for chronic diseases, especially those associated with aging," Wise said. "Antiviral drugs now allow individuals with HIV to live long lives, but we see an increased risk for certain diseases in this population. For example, individuals living with HIV face about two times the risk for cardiovascular disease of the general population."
"HIV is predominantly a socioeconomic disease, which is why it is important to study social determinants of health alongside HIV. The study will focus on hypertension, diabetes and dyslipidemia."