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An American with HIV/AIDS who receives antiretroviral therapy can expect to live 24 years, researchers say. This figure more than doubles the average 10-year survival rate from the 1990s.
The average yearly cost for treatment is more than $25,000-40% more than yearly costs from the later 1990s. The estimated lifetime cost per patient is $618,000. Increases in both life expectancy and costs reflect widespread use of effective but expensive antiretroviral drugs.
The lifetime cost of current human immunodeficiency virus care in the United States, Medical Care, November 2006.
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