Saturday, March 06, 2010

New Study: HIV+ Life Expectancy

Two European studies presented at a recent Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections seem to show that recently diagnosed HIV patients, as well as those with high CD4 counts when beginning treatment, can probably expect normal to near-normal life expectancies.

I'm paraphrasing wildly, and you can read the whole article here, but in essence they are claiming that people who have been diagnosed later than 1998, don't have other issues like IV drug use and failure to adhere to treatment, and are able to begin treatment before their T-Cell counts drop severely below 500 can pretty much expect to live as long as anybody else.

Barring falling air-conditioners and runaway buses.

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