Dec 30, 2013 9:29 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Life expectancy of HIV positive patients almost equal to general population

People who are HIV positive and live in the U.S. or Canada now tend to have life expectancies that are almost equal to the general population.

A new study finds an HIV positive 20-year-old who is being treated with anti retro-viral therapy could live into their 70's.

The average life expectancy for HIV positive patients keeps increasing. In 2002, their average life expectancy was just over 36 years. That went up to more than 54 years in 2007.

Researchers say HIV patients are more likely to die at a younger age if they have a history of injection drug use or have a lower immune cell count at the time of diagnosis.



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