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Cancer vs AIDS

Sep 10, 2006

1) Will most people recently diagnosed with HIV never progress to AIDS with current medications? 2) Even if they do, is dying from AIDS a thing of the past? 3) Is cancer now more life threatening than AIDS? Would you say in terms of severity-- as in likelihood of dying (assuming access to medication is avaliable)AIDS is far more like diabetes than cancer?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

1. Can't say never. But if diagnosed early in the course of infection it is unlikely. 2. No. Although significantly reduced, many people are diagnosed late in disease, either because they have an AIDS defining illness or because they lack access to HIV treatment. 3. In some populations, particularly in the US population as the HIV infected people are aging other kinds of cancers will begin to emerge. In the US, HIV has become a chronic illness to manage like diabetes.

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