NIH: Life Expectancy For Treated HIV Now Near Normal

Changing America reports:

Since the HIV/AIDS pandemic exploded in the 1970s, no cure has been developed for the 1.2 million Americans living with the human immunodeficiency virus. But with today’s medical care, their life expectancy could be the same as any other American, according to a new study.

Mortality rates for those entering HIV care dropped “dramatically” between 1999 and 2017, according to the study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, from a difference of 11.1 percentage points to 2.7 percentage points.

And while those living with HIV remained at a “modestly higher risk for death” than the general population, the study did not account for sociodemographic factors separate from HIV infection.

Read the full article. The NIH-funded study is here. The usual caveats about access to treatment apply, of course.