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Life expectancy of HIV positive adults: a review

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)526-33
Number of pages8
JournalSexual Health
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
DatePublished - Sep 2011

Abstract

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.

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