HIV drugs have increased life expectancy by 13 years
The life expectancy of HIV sufferers has increased by an average of 13 years since the late 1990s thanks to better HIV treatment, a new study has shown.
The news has led researchers to state that HIV can now be termed as a chronic condition like diabetes, rather than a fatal disease.
Scientists analysed over 43,000 patients and found that a 20-year-old diagnosed with the disease could expect to live for another 49 years.
However, the Antiretroviral Therapy Cohort Collaboration, made up of scientists from Europe and Northern America, warned that this was still lower than the average life expectancy of the population, which stands at about 80.
Lead researcher Professor Jonathan Sterne explained what effect the development of the drugs has had: ‘These advances have transformed HIV from being a fatal disease, which was the reality for patients before the advent of combination treatment, into a long-tem chronic condition.’
He added the improvement was a ‘testament’ to the success of the anti-HIV drugs.