Global projections from the World Health Organization rank chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and HIV as the third and eighth leading causes of death by 2030, respectively . An increasingly large number of individuals will consequently face a double burden of disease. The incidence of COPD is relatively high in the HIV-infected population , and HIV has been shown to be an independent risk factor [3, 4].
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We thank all the study subjects for their participation.
Contributors: A. Ronit and I.H. Mathiesen designed the study. A. Ronit, I.H. Mathiesen, M. Gelpi, and S.D. Nielsen collected the data. A. Ronit was responsible for the statistical analysis. All authors interpreted the data. A. Ronit drafted the manuscript. All authors have critically revised and approved the final version. A. Ronit is the guarantor of the study.
Support statement: This work was supported by Rigshospitalet Research Council and the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The study was designed, conducted, analysed and written by the authors without the involvement of any commercial party. Funding information for this article has been deposited with the Crossref Funder Registry.
Conflict of interest: Disclosures can be found alongside this article at erj.ersjournals.com
- Received November 7, 2016.
- Accepted November 30, 2016.
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