Highly active anti-retroviral therapies reduced mortality among AIDS patients in the first five years after infection to about the same level in the uninfected population in developed countries, according to a study of more than 16,000 HIV-infected people between 1981 and 2006. The research, which is the first to investigate the connection between the length of HIV infection and death rates in treated individuals, indicates progress in efforts to slash AIDS deaths since the introduction of HAART therapies, study authors said.

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