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realistic life expectancies: 2002 vs. 1996
Jul 23, 2003

Dr. Young,

First off, thank you very your optimistic and candid answers that you always incessantly attribute to this website. I believe you deserve a raise for your merits. I realize and note that you have stated many times that you don't have a crystal ball when it comes to life expectancies of newly hiv infected cases. I was wondering it you affirm by your latest response, if you believe that one who receives treatment might realistically attain decades of life expectancy say 30-40 years living with successfully managing the virus. Is this possible and do you feel that the outlook is more optimistic for one infected in 2002 vs. 1996. Thanks.

Hanspeter

Response from Dr. Young

yes, I would agree with your characterization of life expectancy--

The key improvement between 1996 and 2003 is really that the likelihood of having long-term success (with fewer side effects and easier to take regimens) has increased; one simply needs to look at the results of clinical trials from the first period and compare to the most recent-- the performance of our medications (probably enhanced by an increased appreciation for the role of adherence) has improved with time.

Thanks for your comments too-- I'll pass them on to the bosses here at TheBody. BY



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