US HIV death rate fell over 48% from 2010 to 2018, CDC data reveals

US HIV death rate fell over 48% from 2010 to 2018, CDC data reveals

HIV was nearly 50 percent less fattal in 2018 than it had been a decade prior in 2010, new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data reveal. 

The sexually transmitted infection was once treated as virtually a death sentence, but with the advent of better antiretrovirals, including Gilead’s blockbuster Truvada, and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), fewer people are developing HIV, and those who are HIV-positive can expect to have normal lifespans.  

Even in the last decade, the outlook for HIV-positive people has improved dramatically, the CDC found.  

The number of deaths from HIV among people who are positive has plummeted 48.44 percent since 2010, the CDC found. 

The HIV death rate fell nearly 50% from 2010 to 2018, amid the advent of highly effective antiretroviral drugs and preventives, CDC data found 

In 2010, 9.1 out of every 1,000 people who became infected with HIV died of the virus. 

But by 2018, that rate had plunged to just 4.7 out of every HIV-positive people. 

That’s a very far cry from the historical deadliness of the disease. 

HIV is a highly infectious and devastating virus, that can be sexually transmitted or spread through needle sharing. 

The persistent virus, left to its own devices in the body, can lay waste to the immune system, becoming AIDS – acquired immunodeficiency syndrome – and leaving people extremely vulnerable to secondary infections that would be nothing more than a nuisance to others, but can be deadly to those with HIV. …

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