Study Examines Death Rates for People Newly Diagnosed With HIV
July 2, 2008
In the five years after their diagnosis, people living with HIV in developed countries and receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy are no more likely to die than HIV-negative people, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Reuters reports (Kahn, Reuters, 7/1).
The risk of death for people living with HIV/AIDS increases after the first five years of infection, possibly because people are less likely to adhere to antiretroviral regimens or are less able to tolerate side effects from the drugs, according to Porter. People ages 15 to 24 at the time of HIV infection have a 5% higher mortality rate 10 years after infection than HIV-negative people of the same age, and a 7% higher mortality rate 15 years after infection, the study found. People who are older than age 45 at the time of HIV infection have a 5% higher mortality rate in the first 10 years after infection, and a 12% higher rate 15 years after infection.
Porter said the study "underscores the importance that people are identified and treated early" (Reuters, 7/1).
The study is available online.
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