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Aug 3, 2003

Doctor Young,

I truely think you and all other hiv care providers are saints... My question is probably one that you get alot but i tested posative and would feel alot better if i had a personally answered question. My question refers to a statement from another hiv is...One on hand, factually, we don't know, yet. It's only been since l996 that we've had HIV drugs powerful enough to really control the virus. It will take many more years before we KNOW the long-term durability and safety of these newer treatments. BUT what I tell my patients is that I expect them to have a normal life expectancy-so far, I don't see any reason for patients doing well on their meds to have life-threatening health problems due to HIV. This assumes that someone is able to take their meds (be "adherent") over the long haul. Do you agree with her?

Response from Dr. Young

yes, I agree with her--

There are subtle differences in opinion, and perhaps more importantly, in verbage as to whether this means "normal" or "near-normal" life expectancy, but the general sense is the same. BY

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