|HAART and 25 year survival
Apr 25, 2012
Since HAART was developed less than 25 years ago, how﻿ can it be determined that taking HAART can allow an HIV patient to live for 25 years or more?
| Response from Dr. Young
Hi and thanks for posting.
You're correct in pointing out that such survival studies only try to estimate longevity. As such, there's a lot of assumptions built into these models.
A well-respected study from Denmark provides one case that may illuminate your question. In this nation-wide survey, the death rates in the HIV+ population was compared to a gender and age-matched HIV negative population. They concluded that "among persons not co-infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV), the median remaining lifetime in 200005 was 39 years (95% CI: 3540 years), similar to that of a young person with diabetes."
I hope that you find this helpful. BY
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