The average lifespan of a person with HIV living in North America is 63 years, according to Healthline. The average lifespan of gay men living with HIV in North America is 77 years.
In the last 20 years, the life expectancy of individuals diagnosed with HIV has increased dramatically. The increased life expectancy in is due, in part, to antiretroviral therapy and early diagnosis and medical management. However, in sub-Saharan African, where HIV prevalence is highest in the world, the life expectancy of individuals with HIV is significantly lower than in North America due to poverty and lack of access to medical care, according to DoSomething.org.