New Data Shows That Life Expectancy With HIV Has Risen To Practically Match Normal Length

After taking data from 18 different studies, scientists are now saying that thanks to antiretroviral drugs, people with HIV can expect to live long, normal, healthy lives. Find out more here!

Bruce Boyena
Created By Bruce Boyena
On May 11, 2017
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In 1996, the first antiretroviral therapy to combat HIV/AIDS was introduced, significantly increasing life expectancy for those infected with the disease. But now, after over twenty years of continued research and advancement, life expectancy has reached a basically normal average for those infected and taking antiretroviral drugs according new data taken from over 18 studies between 2008 and 2010.

According to Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of GPs in Great Britain:

It's a tremendous medical achievement that an infection that once had such a terrible prognosis is now so manageable, and that patients with HIV are living significantly longer.
It's a tremendous medical achievement that an infection that once had such a terrible prognosis is now so manageable, and that patients with HIV are living significantly longer.
Helen Stokes-Lampard, BBC News, May 11, 2017
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However, there may still be a long way to go before HIV can be effectively destigmatized and treated. The epidemic still runs rampant in the developing world, where access to drugs is still very limited, and an inability to treat the disease due to an inability to get medical insurance also remains an issue. Nonetheless, Professor Stokes-Lampard remains optimistic.

We hope the results of this study go a long way to finally removing any remaining stigma associated with HIV, and ensuring that patients with HIV can live long and healthy lives without experiencing difficulties in gaining employment and insurance.
We hope the results of this study go a long way to finally removing any remaining stigma associated with HIV, and ensuring that patients with HIV can live long and healthy lives without experiencing difficulties in gaining employment and insurance.
Helen Stokes-Lampard, BBC News, May 11, 2017
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