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Jul 20, 2003

What is the life expectancy of someone with aids who start on the proper therapy and antibiodics? How long does it take for hiv to cause aids? Is aids inevitable even for people who take medications before aids?

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your questions-- We've answered them in length on other posts here, so I'd encourage you to search the forum for other answers.

In brief, the life expectancy for persons recently infected with HIV who do not receive therapy is about 10 years; with access to treatment, the life expectancy is much longer, likely decades.

It typically takes about 8 years for HIV to cause AIDS in persons who do not start therapy, and effective therapy can prevent AIDS progression, so it need not be inevitable. BY

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