AIDS outlook improves in Mass.; deaths drop

Thursday July 12, 2012

BOSTON (AP) -- Massa chusetts residents are living longer while the number of deaths attributed to AIDS is on the decline, according to a decade-long study by the Public Health Department.

The report released Wednes day also found that deaths from cancer, heart disease, stroke, influenza, pneumonia, and chronic lower respiratory disease also dropped between 2000 and 2009.

The report said the declines may be related to prevention, early detection, and better treatment.

Life expectancy in Massa chusetts reached an all-time high of 80.7 years in 2009, a gain of 2.2 years since 2000 and higher than the average national life expectancy of 78.5 years, according to the report.

The toll from AIDS also continued to ease.

In 2009, there were 124 AIDS deaths in Massachusetts, the lowest number since the peak of the epidemic in 1994, when the state experienced nearly 1,000 AIDS deaths.

The statistics also showed that three-fourths of AIDS deaths involved people age 45 or older, suggesting people are living longer with the disease.


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