Dec 30, 2013 1:54 PM by NBC News

HIV patients can expect to live longer

HIV-positive people living in the U.S. or Canada now have life expectancies that are almost equal to the general population.

A new study finds an HIV-positive 20-year old being treated with antiretroviral therapy could live into their early 70s.

The average life expectancy for these patients increased from 36.1 years in 2002 to 54.4 years in 2007.

Researchers say HIV patients were more likely to die at a younger age if they had a history of injection drug use, were non-white or had a lower immune cell count when they were diagnosed.



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