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life and meds
Apr 9, 2006

my friend is dying she is down to 55 pound and has full blown aids . I dont know how klong she had it I think 10 years. is that normal life expectancy for hiv today with meds? she was to weak for a blood transfusion? depressed please post

Response from Dr. Young

I'm sorry to hear about your friend-- she does sound very ill.

Yes indeed, many patients with recently diagnosed HIV can expect a long and healthy life. What's not clear about your friend's situation is the extent of her disease (CD4 count) and ongoing complications (including HIV drug resistance and other infections).

Many patients with extensive drug resistance can still have a chance at HIV viral supression and improved immune system health- perhaps your friend has highly drug resistant HIV (has experienced failure of previous drug regimens).

I'm confused about her being too weak for a blood transfustion, since even comatosed patients can receive blood transfusions.

Write back if we can help, though additional details would help clarify things. BY



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