Clarification: Getting to zero

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In the Jan. 19, 2012 story “Getting to zero” the following statement is printed:

“The life expectancy of someone diagnosed with HIV/AIDS can be ten years less than the average person or as drastic as cutting their life expectancy in half depending largely on access to medication, according to Dana Christiaen, the women’s community development coordinator for the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA).”

To clarify, the life expectancy of those living with HIV/AIDS can be cut in half in regions in the world where access to treatment is limited, proper health care is unavailable or there is a lower quality of life. Not receiving immediate treatment in Canada however does not have as extreme implications on a person’s life expectancy.

The statement has been revised in the article and The Cord apologizes for any confusion this may have caused.


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