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Life Expectancy, Medication, and other Infections
May 6, 2007

I was diagnosed as being HIV+ in August 2006 at the age of 23. I did not start on medication until January 2007. When I first started my viral load was around 191,000, and as of May 2007 it is around 1865. I recently went back to my doctor who did blood work and it is expected that my viral load should be less than 50. During the process, I also was diagnosed as having Hepatitis B of the liver. I was just wondering what is the life expectancy for someone in my age group who is on medication? Will the HIV eventually develop into AIDS or is it a possibility to remain only HIV+? Also will the Hepatitis ever become a danger to my living if it is not now? Lastly is there a chance that since the medication is working now that it could stop working in the future?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

You don't indicate what your CD4 count was/is. If you have chronic HBV infection, it is likely that your doctors have given you the correct HIV meds that also have activity against HBV. There is a good chance, particularly in those people with relatively high CD4 counts, to successfully treat and perhaps eradicate the HBV. Way too early for prognostication about longevity.



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