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Question 1: Misleading statistical charts Question 2: Are those with the least immunity dying leaving those with more immunity
Mar 11, 1997

Question 1: Misleading statistical charts Question 2: Are those with the least immunity dying leaving those with more immunity

Why are there no death statistics charted longitudinally over long periods of time taking into account people with HIV who have lesser immunity and have died leaving people with HIV who have greater immunity and live a longer time before dying? Why are there no statistics charted longitudinally over a long period of time about the number of new infections?

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Hi. Thank you for your e-mail. We are finding that people are living longer with HIV/AIDS. There is however no direct evidence that anybody is living longer due to an immunity/resistance to HIV/AIDS. Rather, people are living longer with HIV due to better treatments, and beginning treatments sooner People are also living longer due to better treatments against opportunistic diseases seen in persons with AIDS. There was one PRELIMINARY report stating that some people with a specific genetic mutation may do clinically better than those without the mutation. See the question, "Genetically not predisposed HIV infection." for more information. The genetic resistance mentioned in this report is quite different from the immunity you're implying in your question. There is no evidence that people with HIV/AIDS are living longer due to any direct immunity/resistance against HIV. However, there is strong evidence that people are living longer due to better treatments in those with HIV/AIDS. For a recent review of trends of people living with AIDS, read the following journal article:

MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY WEEKLY REPORT



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