There is a slight difference in life expectancy between persons living with HIV and those free of the virus, a new report has revealed. According to an analysis of the 2018 World Health Organisation (WHO) report, life expectancy for persons living positively has not changed much. The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) places the life expectancy for a male person without the virus at 66 years while that for a similar female is placed at 72 years.
Affordable ARTThe report shows that life expectancy dropped for both sexes living with HIV between 1995 and 2005 to an average of 51 for males and 56 for females. During this period, Anti-retroviral Treatment (ART) was not affordable. The common ART drug in the market was AZT. It was expensive and had severe side effects. It took WHO, through the Joint United Nations Programme against HIV/Aids to create an understanding with pharmaceuticals in the early 2000s to allow countries to manufacture their own ART drugs, as generics.
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