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Please answer Doctor Wohl
Jun 9, 2003

Hi,

I tested posative for hiv. I was infected about 6 years ago but I am just seeing an Hiv specilist next week. I am 24 years old and i need a real answer on this. I have read many places that if people with hiv take their meds that other factors will determine their life expectancy and not hiv. Do you agree with that statement?

Response from Dr. Wohl

I think what you are getting at is that an HIV-infected individual who takes their medications and has an optimal response with long term suppression of their HIV and a lasting boost in T cells can expect something other than HIV to do them in.

This will clearly be the case for many.

But for those starting HIV therapy (not in the possession of a crystal ball) this is the goal to work toward. Meanwhile, look both ways before crossing the street. DW


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