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People With HIV In North America, Europe Can Live Longer Using Antiretroviral Therapy, Study Shows

BBC News: HIV life expectancy ‘near normal’ thanks to new drugs
“Young people on the latest HIV drugs now have near-normal life expectancy because of improvements in treatments, a study in The Lancet suggests…” (Roxby, 5/11).

STAT: Treatment now gives some HIV patients a normal life expectancy, study finds
“…A combination of factors — including less toxic drugs and better medical management — have resulted in longevity gains for people who are HIV-positive, concluded the study, published in the journal Lancet HIV. ‘Between 1996-99 and 2008-10, life expectancy in people living with HIV starting [antiretroviral therapy] increased by around 10 years for both sexes, in Europe and North America,’ wrote the authors, who work at a variety of academic institutions through North America and Europe…” (Branswell, 5/10).

TIME: People With HIV Are Living 10 Years Longer
“…[The study] includes data from more than 88,000 people from 18 countries. People who contracted the virus in recent years are living 10 years longer than people who were infected in the mid 1990s. A 20-year-old infected with HIV today can expect to live about 78 years, almost as long as people without the disease. The researchers, part of the international Antiretroviral Therapy Cohort Collaboration, say that the introduction of anti-HIV drugs beginning in the early 1990s played a large role in helping people live longer with HIV…” (Park, 5/10).

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