Via the Calgary Herald, an encouraging report by Helen Branswell of The Canadian Press: Life expectancy for people with HIV approaching that of general population. Excerpt:
A new study suggests the life expectancy of Canadians and Americans who are HIV positive is closing in on that of the general population.
The study says that a 20-year old diagnosed with HIV today can expect to live into their early 70s.
A couple of decades ago, a diagnosis of HIV was a death sentence for most who received it.
But with the discovery and improvement of antiretroviral drugs, HIV has become a chronic disease for most who have access to and can afford the medication.
A leading HIV researcher, Dr. Julio Montaner, says the findings of the study are excellent news.
Montaner is director of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, which led the research collaboration that produced the study, which is published in the journal PLoS One.
He says the longevity gains have been remarkable. In 2000, a 20-year-old newly diagnosed with HIV could expect to live another 36 years. By 2006, that figure had climbed to 51 years.
“I don’t think, in all honesty, that there has been an area of medicine that has undergone a revolutionary evolution over our lifetime as HIV has,” Montaner says.