Nov 3, 2002
Dear Dr., I have read you many times saying that on average it takes a person 8 to 10 years to develop AIDS (assuming their viral load stays in the 50,000 range.) My question is this, if a person stays undetectable through medication can they expect to not develop AIDS at all, Is it the undetecable virus that keeps them from progressing to AIDS or will nearly all HIV infected individuals progress to AIDS (excluding the LTNP's)?
Response from Dr. Young
Thanks for your question.
If one is able to sustain an undetectable viral load, then the likelihood of progession to AIDS is very, very low. It is also fair to say that persons with very low viral loads will progress to AIDS slower than those with average viral loads. Untreated, with an average viral load, the vast majority of infected persons will eventually progess to AIDS. -BY
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