HIV may reduce patients longevity by 5 years
A generation back it was reducing life expectancy by 50 years or so with no “may” about it at all.
All told I’d chalk that up as a pretty good performance by the medicine complex really. Sometime in the mid-1990s I think it changed? Not quite overnight but not far off it, from a diagnosis being equivalent to an imminent death sentence to a chronic and manageable disease that doesn’t really make all that much difference.
Can’t remember who first made this point, might even have been me. If Freddy Mercury had lived another two years or so then he’d likely be alive today.