People with HIV living longer

Indian villagers hold oil lamps as they surround a huge AIDS symbol on the beach at Nalsarovar, on November 30, 2009HIV-positive people in the world's rich countries now live nearly as long as those who don't carry the AIDS-causing virus, as drugs have cut the overall death rate in half, researchers said Friday. Anti-retroviral treatment (ART) has cut the death rate from about 18 per 1,000 people between 1999 and 2001 to nine per 1,000 per year in 2009-2011, according to data from 200 clinics in Europe, the United States and Australia. "With the advent of effective anti-retroviral treatment, the life expectancy for people with HIV is now approaching that seen in the general population." Developed in the mid-1990s, ART drug combinations do not kill the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), but slow its development into full-blown AIDS.



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