Prevalence and risk factors of high cholesterol and triglycerides among people with HIV in Texas

AIDS Res Ther. 2022 Sep 19;19(1):43. doi: 10.1186/s12981-022-00467-y.


Background: People with HIV (PWH) commonly have elevated cholesterol and triglycerides levels that have been linked to medications. However, healthy behaviors including lifestyle changes can lower high cholesterol (CHOL) or high triglycerides (TG), thereby reducing individual risk for cardiovascular diseases. This study aimed to determine the prevalence and risk factors associated with high CHOL or TG among PWH in Texas.

Methods: Cross-sectional data of 981 PWH from the 2015-2017 Texas and Houston Medical Monitoring Projects were examined. High CHOL or TG was identified by medical chart diagnosis, CHOL or TG medication use, or most recent fasting lab ≥ 200 mg/dl (total CHOL) or ≥ 150 mg/dl (TG). High CHOL or TG associations with sociodemographic and clinical characteristics were assessed using Rao-Scott chi-square tests. Prevalence of high CHOL or TG development was calculated using multivariable logistic regression model.

Results: High CHOL or TG prevalence was 41% with participants being mostly male (73%), ≥ 40 years (68%), with overweight (31%) or obesity (28%), and virally suppressed (62%). Compared with PWH < 40 years of age, PWH in their 40s, 50s, and ≥ 60s were 57%, 64%, and 62% more likely to have high CHOL or TG, respectively. Participants with overweight and obesity were 41% and 30% more likely to have high CHOL or TG than those with normal weight (BMI: 18.5- < 25), respectively.

Conclusion: Since high CHOL and TG are modifiable CVD risk factors, increased education and lifestyle modification interventions are warranted to prevent the development of high CHOL or TG among PWH.

Keywords: Cholesterol; HIV; Medical Monitoring Project; Texas; Triglycerides.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Cardiovascular Diseases* / etiology
  • Cholesterol
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • HIV Infections* / complications
  • HIV Infections* / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Hypercholesterolemia* / complications
  • Male
  • Obesity / complications
  • Obesity / epidemiology
  • Overweight / complications
  • Overweight / epidemiology
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Texas / epidemiology
  • Triglycerides


  • Triglycerides
  • Cholesterol