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how long

Apr 4, 2005

im just curious. say from the initial point of infection what is an average life span "number of years" a person infected with hiv would have. i know this is a rather hard question to answer but i would really like to know.

Response from Dr. Young

This is a difficult question to answer in specifics because there are a lot of factors that influence the timeline-- most of all, is whether the person has access to experienced HIV healthcare and medications.

Without medications, the average time from initial infection to the onset of AIDS is about 8-10 years. This would imply that the average lifespan is around 10 years for such unfortunate persons.

With medications, the life expectancy (key word: expectancy-- not proof) is much longer. Probably multiple decades, probably near-normal life span.

I'd ask you to search TheBody's forums for more information about the natural history and progression of HIV for additional details, and should you have additional unanwered questions, feel free to write back. BY

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