Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Read Now: Expert Opinions on HIV Cure Research
   
Ask the Experts About

Choosing Your MedsChoosing Your Meds
           
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary


what is the prognosis for no treatment
Dec 18, 2006

Hi

If i choose not to get treated at all how long can I expect to live. I would seriously like an answer. If not on the forum then to my e-mail address.

Thanks very much. Dan

Response from Dr. Wohl

Dear Dan,

This depends. Survival is closely linked to the CD4 cell count and the rate of the CD4 cell count decline is dependent on the viral load. So, if you have a low CD4 or a high viral load you are at greatest risk of infection, cancer or other AIDS related bad thing.

We have lots of experience with untreated HIV. There was very little to offer people early in the epidemic and people died. In Africa and Asia and parts of the former Soviet Union, millions of people still go without HIV medication. Often they die.

That is the serious answer.

DW



Previous
Should I Switch?
Next
when to start treatment

  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS


 
Advertisement



Q&A TERMS OF USE

This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint

Advertisement