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life expetency
Aug 10, 2003

dr young. thank u for the great help ur rendering to the hiv patients.

iam 42years old and from india. two weeks back i was

tested positive.

my cd4 count is 413. my vl

is yet to come. ihave already

stopped smoking and drinking of alchol and would not touch

again.

ihave started morning walk

for 30 minutes and would

continue.

iam taking good diet as recomm -ended in the other columns

of the body .

if my vl is below 50000 and i follow the above

guidelines and take some medicines as suggested by my doctor , how long

do you think i will live

without much problems.

why iam asking this

is i young kids whom i have

to take care at least for next 20years.

doctor young sorry for troubling with a such lenthy

quistion. iam having sleepless nights for the 15days.

iam so much worried about my family. doctor can give

me some close figure of

my balance life provided

ihave no other dieseas.

how long ican manage this

hiv deisease.

sorry for my poor english.

can i keep asking this junk

questions to u and your friends.

because i may not be able

to afford expensive meds.

thank u so much for ur great help to people like me.

Response from Dr. Young

Thank you for your question-- it is good to know that our site reaches you in India.

Sorry too, to hear of your status and situation. The answer to your question about life expectancy depends on many factors (some of which you mention, like CD4 count, viral load, tobacco, exercise), and of course, access to qualified medical care and antiretroviral medications.

If you are not able to access HIV medications, the average life expectancy from time of infection to first AIDS event is about 8-10 years, and from time of AIDS diagnosis to death, about 3 years. Bear in mind that these are very crude estimates, based on looking at patients in the pre-HAART era, largely in the US.

If, on the other hand you can access good medical care and medications, the life expectancy is difficult to predict as any forecast, but I believe that HIV infected persons will live for decades, with a life expectancy that probably approaches a "normal" one. I would certainly encourage you to find qualified care, hopefully, when and if needed get access to antiretroviral medications.

Good luck. BY


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