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HIV Medicines Help People with HIV Live Longer

Eugene McCray, MD, Director, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention iterates why HIV medications help people with the virus live longer. While the average life span of a person without HIV is 79 years, living with the virus undiagnosed reduces that number to 32. With HIV medication, however, average life expectancy is 71 years. Not only do these medications work to help the person with HIV, but they also serve to reduce the risk of further transmission of the virus.

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