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Many US AIDS patients still die when 'opportunistic' infections strike

July 1, 2015 - (HealthDay) - Even after the advent of powerful medications for suppressing HIV, a new study finds that more than one-third of people in San Francisco who were diagnosed with an AIDS-related infection died within five years.

"The main cause of mortality arises from people stopping treatment entirely," said Dr. Robert Grant, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, who reviewed the findings but was not involved in the research.

When HIV treatment lapses, so-called "opportunistic" infections and illnesses can arise, posing a real threat to patients' health, he explained.

Read full article: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-07-aids-patients-die-opportunistic-infections.html


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