Living with HIV/AIDS in France

Population and Societies

406, November 2004

Antiretroviral treatments have turned AIDS into a chronic illness. In western industrialized countries where these therapies have been available since 1996, people living with HIV/AIDS no longer face the permanent threat of imminent death. But do they live the same lives as non-HIV-infected persons? The VESPA survey has cast light on who is living with HIV/AIDS today in metropolitan France, how they live and in what major ways the infection has changed their lives.

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