Tuesday, December 29, 2009
HIV treatments are allowing expectancies to approach normal
ABC “Good Morning America” today reported the enormous increase in life expectancy in young men infected with HIV. Back in 1996, the report said, the life expectancy of someone in his 20s infected was still in the fifties. Now, at the end of 2009, it is to almost age 70, approaching normalcy, because of the effectiveness of combination antiviral drug therapy, where the use of several drugs in combination reduces side effects and reduces viral resistance.
A 2008 report in Health Daily News maintains that life expectancy still trails the general population by about 20 years. But HIV is very much becoming a manageable, treatable disease, perhaps with a longer expectancy than some other diseases like juvenile diabetes.
Steven Reinberg’s report had been run in the Washington Post on July 25, 2008, URL link here.