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Hiv Death on Rise Again
Jul 30, 2003

Dr. Henry,

Not to let you down, but i got a bit concerned when i saw on Cnn that "Hiv deaths are on a rise again." Is this true, are more people dying of AIDS related complications today then 5 years ago. What was made clear that people, hiv infected, more and more cases are starting to run out of options due to resistance, intolerance, etc. The question is will this turn around again, are there new drugs soon to approved that will turn this around, what do you think?


Response from Dr. Henry

The major reasons deaths on on the rise related to patients still presenting late with clinical AIDS, the challenges of maintaining high levels of adherence, and resistance to drugs usuall due to prior treatment with sub-optimal drugs or problems with adherence. Overall the death rate is still markedly reduced among HIV + persons on treatment. Many deaths in HIV+ persons are due to non-HIV related medical problems (that will increase as the population ages). For patients with resistant viruses or problems tolerating many of the current drugs, new drugs/formulations will help address that problem over the next several years. KH

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