Life Expectancy Of Some Groups Living With HIV Now Exceeds National Average
Here's an interesting reveal from AIDS Map:
A study from the US has found that some groups of people with HIV, especially those treated before their CD4 count falls below 350 cells/mm3, now have life expectancies equal to or even higher than the US general population.
However, it also finds that life expectancy for some other groups – most notably women and non-white people – is still considerably below comparable members of the general population and that for people who inject drugs, life expectancy in the era of antiretroviral therapy (ART) has not improved at all.
It's extremely promising to read that HIV treatment is now allowing individuals with HIV to lead lives equal (in terms of lifespan) to the general U.S. population, but the disparity between these groups that are successfully controlling the virus and these "other groups"--specifically women and racial minorities--is still a huge cause for concern.
It's also clear that early treatment is key.
What's your take on the study's finding, Instincters?