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AIDS drugs have saved 3 million years of life in the US

ky emphatically notes, however, that survival benefits related to therapy are available only to those with known HIV infection. But about one-fourth of people in the United States infected with HIV are unaware of their infection, she adds. "We calculated that a cohort of patients presenting with AIDS at higher CD4 cell counts--simulating slightly earlier entry into care--had an additional gain of 740,000 years of survival," says Dr. Walensky. "These findings underscore the importance of expanded HIV testing and better linkage to care for people who are HIV-infected, so that more of them can realize the life-extending benefits of HIV therapies."

"This type of research can also be used to understand the tremendous survival benefits that can be gained globally by continued rapid expansion of access to these very effective HIV/AIDS treatments in resource-limited settings," adds Dr. Freedberg. "This expansion is of critical importance."


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Contact: Anne A. Oplinger
aoplinger@niaid.nih.gov
301-402-1663
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
2-Jun-2006


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