Limited effect of highly active antiretroviral therapy among HIV-positive injecting drug users on the population level

Liselotte C. van Asten, Faroudy Boufassa, Veronique Schiffer, Raymond P. Brettle, J. Roy Robertson, Ildefonso Hernández Aguado, Jim McMenamin, Robert Zangerle, Arnaud Fontanet, Roel A. Coutinho, Maria Prins

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There is evidence that HIV-positive injecting drug users benefit less than other risk groups from highly active antiretroviral therapy that has been available since 1996. In this multicentre European study the impact of the availability of highly active antiretroviral therapy on the progression rates to AIDS and death among injecting drug users with a documented date of HIV seroconversion is studied. After highly active antiretroviral therapy became available the risk of AIDS and death for injecting drug users decreased by 28% and 36%, which is less than has been reported for other risk groups
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-349
JournalEuropean Journal of Public Health
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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