HIV Mortality Rates Getting Better - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/25/08

HIV Mortality Rates Getting Better

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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