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Mortality of people with HIV compared to non-infected peers

The eternal question of people being infected or just getting their positive test result is: How long do I have to live? Does it make sense to continue living as if there is a future ahead? HIV-positive people taking antiretroviral therapy who have an undetectable viral load and a CD4 cell count above 500 cells/mm3 have a mortality risk comparable to that seen in the general population, investigators report in the online edition of AIDS. Researchers looked at mortality rates among participants enrolled in two large, randomized controlled trials – the SMART and ESPRIT studies. “We identified no evidence for a raised risk of death compared with the general population in HIV-infected people on ART with an undetectable viral load, who maintained or had recovery of CD+ T-counts to at least 500 cells/mm3,” write the authors. There have been significant improvements in HIV treatment and care in recent years. Anti-retroviral therapy has become more powerful, less toxic and easier to take. Data from cohort studies suggests that people doing well on treatment – often defined as the maintenance of an undetectable viral load and a CD4 cell count above 500 cells/mm3 – have a life expectancy similar to that of age- and sex-matched HIV-negative individuals.
The whole article which was published via NAM’s aidsmap you can read here.

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03.04.2010 Parliamentarians and UNAIDS seek HIV Travel Ban Removal Worldwide

March 31, 2010

Parliamentarians, UNAIDS Seek HIV Travel Ban Removal Worldwide

UNAIDS met with parliamentarians from around the world in Bangkok recently, calling for an end to all HIV-related travel restrictions, aidsmap reports. According to the article, 52 countries have some form of restriction on entry, stay or residence for people living with HIV, while 17 other countries prohibit even short-term visits by positive people.

“Travel restrictions for people living with HIV do not protect public health and are outdated in the age of universal access to HIV prevention and treatment,” commented Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS. Former President George W. Bush lifted the United States’ HIV travel ban in 2008, but the new policy did not go into effect until January of this year.   Source: POZ – POZ Magazine – POZ.com – News : Parliamentarians, UNAIDS Seek HIV Travel Ban Removal Worldwide.

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Parliamentarians have joined with UNAIDS to call for the removal of travel restrictions for people with HIV.

Governments were urged to action by parliamentarians from around the world, meeting at the 122nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Bangkok on March 28th.  A total of 52 countries have restrictions of some type on the entry, stay or residence of HIV-positive non-citizens. China’s continuing near-total ban on visits and residence by HIV-positive individuals was exposed by the refusal of a visa to Robert Dessaix, a novelist who is HIV-positive.  A total of 17 other countries have restrictions on even short-term visits by people with HIV. These range from the complete entry bans in Singapore and the Sudan, to requirements for HIV testing for those wishing to stay in the country for longer periods, as is the case with Russia. “Parliamentarians have a duty to protect the rights of all citizens, including people with HIV,” said Theo-Ben Gurirab, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. “By placing restrictions on the travel and movement of people with HIV, we needlessly rob them of their dignity and equal rights.” Countries on all continents have restrictions on visits lasting three months or more, longer-term residence, or migration. Most of these entry restrictions date from the early days of the HIV pandemic, and were imposed in the mistaken belief that they would help control local epidemics. A number of countries justify longer-term bans as a way of protecting scarce health resources, or as a way of deterring “health tourism.” “Travel restrictions for people living with HIV do not protect public health and are outdated in the age of universal access to HIV prevention and treatment,” commented Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS. In January 2010, the US removed its long-standing HIV travel ban.

Source: http://www.aidsmap.com/en/news/4227A15B-AAC5-4179-AB49-2572830C72C2.asp


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