|Diagnosed at 20 or 40 years?
Oct 15, 2006
Its snowing.. Blah!
I have a question that a few of us have wanted to ask regarding age at which one is diagnosed. Is there evidence that being younger vs older has any benefits to having a long life in relation to handling the virus and meds. I have heard some say that being diagnosed, say in your 40's that resistance and other problems can arrise from the virus as well as meds..
Please elaborate for us 40+ers..
| Response from Dr. Young
The chairs are happily spinning here (as only a snow-head would understand).
There's not much data on the differences between responses to treatment or natural history of HIV disease in young'ins and us old folks.
What is clear is that the overall magnitude of CD4 cell response is somewhat lower as one gets older.
Additionally, the background risk of other health issues (like the aging issues of diabetes, heart disease and cancer) of course increases as we age. As such our monitoring of those other, non-AIDS related health maters increases in our happily aging patients (as they do in HIV negative patients).
Best to you and yours, BY
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