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Doctor Boyle
Jul 5, 2003

Doctor Boyle,

Is it true that most if not all the damage done by hiv can be reversed with treatment? I am really scared to get tested because my last negative test was in 1998 and if i am posative is it too late for my immune system to recover...and can i live a normal lifespan?

Response from Dr. Boyle

Yes, much of the damage done by HIV can be stopped or reversed with antiretroviral therapy, especially if caught early. Therapy for HIV can now be very effective, very easy (as few as 3 pills once daily), well tolerated non-toxic. If you're at risk, you should be tested before you have problems aso that appropriate therapy can be given which may prevent your ever becoming ill.



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