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Apr 27, 2008

My partner, who is now 36, and was diagnosed with a weak strain of HIV 10 years ago, had not been taking his meds, for over 5 years now. He sees 2 Hiv Specialists, and after two separate, 3 months of blood work results, concluded he may be a non-progressor, since all his numbers were with-in the safe range, and they decided meds weren't necessary.

So little is know of these type of patients, that I wonder how long he can continue to stay healthy?

I'm negative, after 9 years together, and am very into eating, cooking and buying healthy foods, plus supplements, to make sure his immune system remains strong.

The blood work showed very real positive results, for example, his bad cholesterol went from almost 400, to under 140. All other areas showed marked improvements.

I know those who study these things, are still in the process of learning, what distinguishes people who don't progress, or get worse.

Just wanted your feedback on this.



Response from Dr. Moyle

HIV has been around now for nearly 25 years so we have a pretty good idea. Whether your partner will need treatment in the future depends on continues control of the virus by his immune system. However, if he does need meds and can take them reliably he can reasonable consider a normal or near normal life expectancy. Kind Regards Graeme Moyle

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