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life expectancy

Jan 21, 2006

I have a positive friend who showed me his meds/symptoms of 2 years ago and thinks he has mnay more years of enjoyable living. He has (2003) Hep C, lipodystrohy, gastro esophageal reflux, alcohol/drug abuse, viral syndrome, depression. I plead with him to stop the boozing but he says it is OK. Do you think if he stopped the drugs/alcohol he could hope for close to normal life expectancy?

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post.

Sounds like your friends life expectancy (as you surmise) is going to be governed more by issues related to substance abuse than HIV. Patients with active hepatitis C should really avoid excessive liver toxins-- especially alcohol. In several studies of patients living with HIV, liver disease (primarily due to hepatitis virus and cirrhosis) is now the leading cause of serious illness and death.

If your friend were able to get his hepatitis under control and avoid liver abuse, his life expectancy would be much improved. BY

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