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Sex Health. 2011 Dec;8(4):526-33. doi: 10.1071/SH11046.

Life expectancy of HIV-positive adults: a review.

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  • 1School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 2PS, UK. m.t.may@bristol.ac.uk

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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22127039
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