|#1 Cause of Death?
May 9, 2003
Can you please comment on this statement that I read in a recent newspaper in New York? Thank you
"They may have a point. Ninety-four percent of all AIDS-related deaths in the US occurred after the introduction of AZT, according to CDC statistics through the year 2000. And according to the University of Pittsburgh, the No. 1 cause of death in US AIDS patients today is liver failure, a side-effect of the new protease inhibitors."
Response from Dr. Henry
AZT was introduced in 1986/87 so most deaths from AIDS have occurred since then since the numbers of AIDS patients has grown markedly from 1981. Liver disease has emerged as a leading cause of death in AIDS patients since they are no longer dying of AIDS (overall death rate is markedly decreased). In my practice most of the liver deaths have been due to alcohol hepatitis and hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is the evolving major health threat to many HIV infected persons. HIV therapy does not improve the outcome of hepatitis C though that is a topic getting more attention now. KH
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