Originally Posted by Tennisation
People infected with HIV nowadays do not die from it because of improved anti-retroviral therapies that allow people to live their life for as long as a healthy individual would. If indeed the patients allow themselves to dip to the point where the disease becomes AIDS because their immune system is reduced and CD4 counts are below 200, it is not AIDS that kill them, it is the opportunistic infections that kill them. In fact, the chance of you dying in a automobile accident is much higher than dying of HIV/AIDS due to opportunistic infection. Hope that helps you understand a bit about the disease.
Dr. B MD, Pharm.D., MBA
People with access and can afford those improved anti-retroviral therapies might not die because of HIV/AIDS. But thousands of people (mostly in Africa) die each year because of AIDS.