Concurrent HIV/AIDS diagnosis increases the risk of short-term HIV-related death among persons newly diagnosed with AIDS, 2002-2005

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

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Despite the overall effectiveness and availability of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), 1500 HIV-related deaths still occur annually in New York City. In considering ways to further reduce deaths, we assessed the contribution of concurrent HIV/AIDS diagnosis to HIV-related mortality in New York City among persons newly diagnosed with AIDS. We used Cox regression to conduct a retrospective cohort analysis of HIV-related mortality among 15,211 residents age 13+ reported with AIDS to the population-based HIV/AIDS registry between January 2002 and June 2005. Concurrent HIV/AIDS diagnosis was defined as a diagnosis of AIDS occurring within 1 month of initial diagnosis of HIV. HIV-related mortality was 20.2% among persons diagnosed concurrently and 12.2% among those diagnosed nonconcurrently (p < 0.0001). Concurrent HIV/AIDS was associated with more than twice the risk of HIV-related death within the 4 months after diagnosis (hazard ratio [HR] 2.27, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.94-2.65) but no increased risk thereafter (HR 1.12, 95% CI 0.77-1.61). Other significant predictors of death included injection drug use and birth in the Caribbean or Latin America. After 4 years 11.9% of all HIV-related deaths were attributable to a concurrent HIV/AIDS diagnosis. Public health initiatives that facilitate early diagnosis of HIV may reduce HIV-related mortality by giving people the opportunity to initiate care and begin treatment with HAART before immunosuppression places them at risk for opportunistic illness and death.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-28
Number of pages12
JournalAIDS Patient Care and STDs
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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