Causes of death among persons with aids in the era of highly active antiretroviral therapy: New York City

Judith E. Sackoff, David B. Hanna, Melissa R. Pfeiffer, Lucia V. Torian

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Background: Monitoring the full spectrum of causes of death among persons with AIDS is increasingly important as survival improves because of highly active antiretroviral therapy. Objective: To describe recent trends in deaths due to HIV-related and non-HIV-related causes among persons with AIDS, identify factors associated with these deaths, and identify leading causes of non-HIV-related deaths. Design: Population-based cohort analysis. Setting: New York City. Patients: All adults (age ≥13 years) living with AIDS between 1999 and 2004 who were reported to the New York City HIV/AIDS Reporting System and Vital Statistics Registry through 2004 (n = 68 669). Measurements: Underlying cause of death on the death certificate. Results: Between 1999 and 2004, the percentage of deaths due to non-HIV-related causes increased by 32.8% (from 19.8% to 26.3%; P = 0.015). The age-adjusted mortality rate decreased by 49.6 deaths per 10 000 persons with AIDS (P < 0.001) annually for HIV-related causes but only by 7.5 deaths per 10 000 persons with AIDS (P = 0.004) annually for non-HIV-related causes. Of deaths due to non-HIV-related causes, 76% could be attributed to substance abuse, cardiovascular disease, or a non-AIDS-defining type of cancer. Compared with men who have sex with men, injection drug users had a statistically significantly increased risk for death due to HIV-related causes (hazard ratio, 1.59 [95% CI, 1.49 to 1.70]) and non-HIV-related causes (hazard ratio, 2.54 [CI, 2.24 to 2.87]). Limitations: Compared with autopsy and chart review, death certificates may lack specificity in the underlying cause of death or detailed clinical and treatment-related information. Conclusions: Non-HIV-related causes of death account for one fourth of all deaths of persons with AIDS. Cardiovascular disease, non-AIDS-defining cancer, and substance abuse account for most non-HIV-related deaths. Reducing deaths from these causes requires a shift in the health care model for persons with AIDS from a primary focus on managing HIV infection to providing care that addresses all aspects of physical and mental health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-406
Number of pages10
JournalAnnals of Internal Medicine
Volume145
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 19 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy
Cause of Death
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
HIV
Death Certificates
Substance-Related Disorders
Cardiovascular Diseases
Vital Statistics
Drug Users
HIV Infections
Registries
Autopsy
Neoplasms
Mental Health
Cohort Studies
Delivery of Health Care
Injections
Survival
Mortality

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Causes of death among persons with aids in the era of highly active antiretroviral therapy : New York City. / Sackoff, Judith E.; Hanna, David B.; Pfeiffer, Melissa R.; Torian, Lucia V.

In: Annals of Internal Medicine, Vol. 145, No. 6, 19.09.2006, p. 397-406.

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Sackoff, Judith E. ; Hanna, David B. ; Pfeiffer, Melissa R. ; Torian, Lucia V. / Causes of death among persons with aids in the era of highly active antiretroviral therapy : New York City. In: Annals of Internal Medicine. 2006 ; Vol. 145, No. 6. pp. 397-406.
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