HIV life expectancy is now ‘near-normal’ due to new drugs

Lucy Purdy

Young people who are taking the latest HIV drugs have a near-normal life expectancy as a result of improvements in treatments, a study suggests

Doctors writing in The Lancet medical journal reported that 20-year-olds who started antiretroviral therapy in 2010 are projected to live 10 years longer than those first treated in 1996.

Jimmy Isaacs (pictured), 28, found he had been infected with HIV by a former partner nearly three years ago. “We can now live without fear,” he told Positive News.

We can now live without fear

“The findings from The Lancet report are the proof that we can lead full lives with an ever-improving life expectancy – that of the general population, or indeed higher.”

The researchers, from the University of Bristol, considered 88,500 HIV positive people from Europe and North America. They said that newer HIV drugs have fewer side effects and are better at preventing the virus from replicating in the body. It is also harder for the virus to become resistant to them.

Image: Theo McInnes/Huck

Support journalism that shares your values

As the first media organisation to take good news seriously, we are committed to rigorous standards. Plus we are a media co-op owned by readers where all profit is reinvested in our journalism. Support inspiring, trustworthy journalism by subscribing to Positive News magazine.

  • M3TA

    HIV causing AIDS is a total FRAUD/HOAX. AIDS has been around forever, but it is NOT a sexually transmitted disease — it is caused by things like drug abuse, malnutrition, other diseases like pneumonia, etc. RESEARCH “Dr. Robert Willner” and biologist “Christl Meyer”. In the 80s and 90s they were giving HIV+ patients the drug AZT…which was a drug that was previously given to cancer patient but was discontinued because it was found to destroy the…wait for it…IMMUNE SYSTEM!

    This article is in POSITIVE NEWS?! I can find the same propaganda in all the MAINSTREAM news outlets. THE ONLY THING THOSE NEW DRUGS ACTUALLY DO…WAIT FOR IT…IS KEEP MAKING MONEY OFF ONE OF THE BIGGEST HOAXES IN HUMAN HISTORY — oh, and the Earth is not a globe, is FLAT!

Start typing and press Enter to search