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how many years?
Jan 23, 2006

dr, in your professional experience, what is the longest that you have seen someone be infected before using medicnes? on this board i keep seeing differnt things. someone says you'll have symptoms iwthin a few year (3-5), then someone else says the you will go 10 years. i'd just like to know from your professional experience, what is the longest someone has gone without medications?

thank you so much.

Response from Dr. Young

There's a wide range of experiences-- you ask a coupld of different aspects (different replies that you've seen on the forum). The longest? I know of patients (long-term non-progressors) who have been infected over 20 years and have not yet need to start treatment. The shortest? I've seen patients require treatment within a year of infection. These cases are outlyers and should not be construed to be the typical.

On average (representing the bulk of patients), patients will progress from infection to CD4 counts below 350 in about 5-8 years.

Hope this helps, BY



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