HIV-positive people are living increasingly long lives. Many people living with HIV can expect to live as long as their peers who do not have HIV.
Studies show that a person living with HIV has a similar life expectancy to an HIV-negative person – providing they are diagnosed in good time, have good access to medical care, and are able to adhere to their HIV treatment.
A number of factors can affect the life expectancy of people living with HIV. There are differences in outcomes between different people, depending on these and other factors.
This fact sheet explains.