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Single Adults Might Experience Fast HIV Progression

Single Adults Might Experience Fast HIV Progression


Researchers from Switzerland reported at the Ninth European Conference on AIDS, held in October in Warsaw, that HIV-positive single people appear to progress faster to an AIDS diagnosis and death than those in a 'stable relationship.' The five-year study of more than 3,700 HIV-positive adults showed that those with a stable sex partner were half as likely as single HIV-infected adults to die of AIDS-related complications during the course of the study and were more likely to post CD4-cell rebounds of at least a 100 count. The study authors suggest the emotional and social support provided by a partner was the primary factor in the improved outcomes for HIV-positive adults in relationships. They also noted that single HIV-positive people were more likely to experience depression, which can lead to problems adhering to complex antiretroviral drug regimens, fueling faster HIV disease progression.

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