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Study: People with HIV have life spans approaching those of the general population

redribbon166842581People with HIV now have life spans approaching those of the general population, according to a study published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.

According to the study, a person in his or her 20s who contracts HIV can now expect to live into the 70s. This is vastly different from the 1980s when the diagnosis of HIV meant one only had a few years to live. In 2000, the average 20-year-old newly diagnosed with HIV could expect to live another 36 years. By 2006, that figure had climbed to 51 years.

The study’s authors followed individuals pursuing combination anti-retroviral therapy (ART) from 2000 to 2007. Despite the overall improvements in life expectancy, not everyone is benefiting equally. “Differences by sex, race, HIV transmission risk group, and CD4 count remain,” the study explains.

The higher life expectancy is largely due to improved treatments with fewer side effects for those who are able to afford them.

The Vancouver Sun spoke with HIV researcher Dr. Julio Montaner who contributed to the study. He says:

“I don’t think, in all honesty, that there has been an area of medicine that has undergone [as big a] revolutionary evolution over our lifetime as HIV has.”

Still, despite the tremendous improvements, many questions remain. Speaking to the Vancouver Sun, Montaner said it is still unclear if younger HIV-positive people who are taking the newer medicines will suffer from accelerated aging.

“We do see what appears to be accelerated aging among people infected with HIV that have been living with HIV for a long time. But it’s premature for us to conclude whether this is going to be a generalized phenomenon or not.”

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  1. Kachi

     /  December 24, 2013

    You guys should publicise a cure already and stop playing “study researches” with people’s lives. When the ARV pharmaceuticals are making tons of dollars with the pandemic, all you can muster is this crap. All these scopes are the Westerners’ way to drive a lot of people into unseen bondage. That’s how they’ve been advertising poverty eradication, when it would only cost the world $135billion dollars to to totally eradictae poverty, while $3.75trillion was spent in fighting wars only in 2012. So please till they they are ready to allow the cure come to limelight, they can shove their “advancement” up where the sun doesn’t shine. I only pity the 2/3rds of the world HIV/AIDS population which is in Africa, because their leaders aint wise enough to fight for them. God help us.

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