LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 2022 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 214
Correspondence - “Bone health, HIV-infected children, antiretroviral therapy, and hemoglobinopathy”
Rujittika Mungmunpuntipantip1, Viroj Wiwanitkit2
1 Private Academic Consultant, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Community Medicine, Dr. D. Y. Patil University, Pune, Maharashtra, India
|Date of Submission||10-Nov-2021|
|Date of Decision||15-Dec-2021|
|Date of Acceptance||03-Jan-2022|
|Date of Web Publication||17-Nov-2022|
Dr. Rujittika Mungmunpuntipantip
Private Academic Consultant, Bangkok
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Mungmunpuntipantip R, Wiwanitkit V. Correspondence - “Bone health, HIV-infected children, antiretroviral therapy, and hemoglobinopathy”. Indian J Sex Transm Dis 2022;43:214
|How to cite this URL:|
Mungmunpuntipantip R, Wiwanitkit V. Correspondence - “Bone health, HIV-infected children, antiretroviral therapy, and hemoglobinopathy”. Indian J Sex Transm Dis [serial online] 2022 [cited 2023 May 31];43:214. Available from: https://ijstd.org/text.asp?2022/43/2/214/361305
We would like to correspond on “Bone health in HIV-infected children on antiretroviral therapy: An Indian study.” Bhise et al. concluded that “Over 95% of HIV-infected children have low 25(OH) Vitamin D levels…. with low bone mineral density (BMD).” We agree that there might be bone health problems in HIV-infected children on antiretroviral therapy. However, the Vitamin D level, as well as BMD, might be associated with other confounding factors. In our area, the hemoglobinopathy and thalassemia are very common and the children who are carrier of those diseases usually have a background of poor bone health and low Vitamin D regardless of receiving antiretroviral therapy.
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Bhise S, Jain A, Savardekar L, Shetty NS, Shah I. Bone health in HIV-infected children on antiretroviral therapy: An Indian study. Indian J Sex Transm Dis AIDS 2021;42:138-43.
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Nakavachara P, Viprakasit V. Children with hemoglobin E/β-thalassemia have a high risk of being vitamin D deficient even if they get abundant sun exposure: A study from Thailand. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2013;60:1683-8.