Raised IL-6 Levels: A Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Associated Complications in HIV Positive Zambians Presenting at the University Teaching Hospital before Initiation of Antiretroviral Therapy (ART)


Objectives - The objectives of the study were to compare plasma levels of IL-6 in HIV positive and HIV negative individuals and to correlate them with CD4 count

Materials and methods - A cross-sectional study was carried out at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia. IL-6 and CD4 were assessed in HIV positive on ART, HIV positive ART- naïve and HIV negative control participants.