HIV-2-infected patients survive longer than HIV-1 -infected patients

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ObjectiveTo compare survival of patients infected with HIV-1 and HIV-2.DesignLongitudinal follow-up of 175 HIV-1-and 294 HIV-2-infected patients identified in, or referred to a hospital in The Gambia.MethodsSurvival analysis methods were used and the death rate ratios for HIV-2 relative to HIV-1 patients were estimated using proportional hazard regression models that allowed for age, sex and clinical or immunological features.ResultsThe overall death rate ratio for HIV-2 relative to HIV-1 was 0.67 [95% confidence interval (Cl), 0.49–0.91] when adjusted for age, sex and World Health Organization Bangui clinical classification. When allowing for age, sex and three strata of CD4+ count, the rate ratio was 0.64 (95% Cl, 0.43–0.94), and for three strata of β2-microglobulin levels 0.60 (95% Cl, 0.42–0.84).ConclusionMortality rate in HIV-2-infected patients is approximately two-thirds of that for HIV-1-infected patients.

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