HIV Mortality Rates Getting Better - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/25/08

HIV Mortality Rates Getting Better

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Patients with HIV are living longer than ever but experts caution that they are not out of the woods yet. 

Researchers reviewed 14 studies of HIV patients who started anti-retroviral therapy at 20-years-old. They looked at data from 1996 to 2005 and found that the life expectancy has increased by 13 years for patients from high-income countries and the death rate has dropped by 40%. 

However, these patients still had a lower life expectancy than the general population, with most patients dying 17 years before people who were not infected with the disease.

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