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BBC News: HIV life-expectancy rises in the UK

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Paul Clift
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BBC News: HIV life-expectancy rises in the UK
Posted on: October 12 2011, 11:51 am

This BBC News story http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15264972 is about findings from the ongoing UK CHIC study.

"Life expectancy for people with HIV in the UK has increased by 15 years in the past decade, thanks to modern drugs and earlier treatment, a study suggests. Health authorities should consider more widespread testing for HIV, given the benefits of early treatment, UK researchers report in the BMJ."

The BMJ article is open-access here http://www.bmj.com/content/343/bmj.d6016.full.pdf and concludes:

"Life expectancy among people with HIV has considerably improved in the UK between 1996 and 2008, and we should
expect further improvements for patients starting antiretroviral therapy now with improved modern drugs and new guidelines
recommending earlier treatment. Our study shows the longevity of patients who started antiretroviral therapy with a CD4 count of 200-350 cells/mm3. These data can be incorporated into models for life insurance, pensions, and healthcare planning, but most of all communicated to patients to help them manage their lives better."
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