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A scenario for the good Doctor
Feb 26, 2001

Doctor, I'd like to toss a scenario at you that may not have an easy answer, but, here goes. Suppose someone has been infected for atleast 10 years, maybe more, and does NOT know it, what are the chances that they go all these years without the life threatning OI's such as PCP, Lymphoma, etc?

Response from Dr. Feinberg

The possibilities for your scenario include: 1) you are a long-term nonprogressor, meaning that you are infected but your imune system has been able to control the virus, 2) it's going to happen at some point in the future but it just hasn't happened yet, 3) you're very lucky. Actually, on average it takes 8-10 years after infection to have sufficient immune system damage to deevelop AIDS with all its (potentially) life-threatening OIs.


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