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Dr. Young
Jun 6, 2006

in a recent answer, you said that a person recently hiv+ should expect to live a normal or near normal life barring having a strain that is resistant. how common is it to have a resisitant strain? and what about those who do?

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Thanks for your post.

The answer to your question depends on just how much drug resistance is present. For those persons with limited, or single drug class resistance, the prognosis in my view is also quite good.

By contrast, for those persons with multiple drug-class resistance and in whom we can't suppress the virus (fortunately a very rare group among those who are treatment naive), treatment can be much more difficult, side effect prone and prone to treatment failure.

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