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Definition of long-term survivor full blown AIDS.

Apr 16, 2006

Although one of the articles at this site has answered this, regarding CDC defined cases of AIDS, as the current(1998) average life span of a long term survivor of AIDS,following a bout with an AIds related opportunistic infection, to be 3 years. That sounds too short. Are there any citations listing current long term AIDS survival as being longer than that? If so, what is the time frame in the current definition?

Thank you.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

That data is from natural history studies in the era of less than potent HIV therapy. People can certainly live much longer now with AIDS because of more effective therapy and antibiotics to protect them from opportunistic infections. Some people have lived with AIDS for 10 or more year now.

which is more effective?
viral load

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