Trends in Mortality and Causes of Death Among Women With HIV in the United States: A 10-Year Study
August 10, 2009
Toward the goal of assessing trends in mortality and causes of death for HIV-positive women, the authors studied deaths occurring during a 10-year period among participants in the Women's Interagency HIV Study, a representative U.S. cohort. Deaths were ascertained by National Death Index Plus match; death certificates were referenced to determine causes of death.
"In the Women's Interagency HIV Study, the death rate has plateaued in recent years," the authors concluded. "Although HIV-associated factors predicted AIDS and non-AIDS deaths, other treatable conditions predicted mortality. Further gains in reducing mortality among HIV-infected women may require broader access to therapies for depression, viral hepatitis, and HIV itself."
08.2009; Vol. 51; No. 4: P. 399-406; Audrey L. French; Susan H. Gawel; Ronald Hershow; Lorie Benning; Nancy A. Hessol; Alexandra M. Levine; Kathryn Anastos; Michael Augenbraun; Mardge H. Cohen