Life expectancy of HIV positive adults: a review

Margaret T May, Suzanne M Ingle

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We review studies estimating life expectancy (LE), the average number of additional years a person can expect to live, for HIV-positive adults and show variation by sociodemographic factors and level of immunosuppression. The LE of patients starting antiretroviral therapy early in the course of HIV infection and attaining restoration of a normal CD4 count may approach that of the general population. Improvements in treatment and the associated increase in LE imply that increasing numbers of HIV-positive patients will live to older age. Late diagnosis and presentation to care and treatment not concordant with guidelines contribute to reducing LE.
Translated title of the contributionLife expectancy of HIV positive adults: a review
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)526-33
Number of pages8
JournalSexual Health
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011

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