|Question about how well someone can control their virus.
Jun 3, 2010
If someone controls their virus without medication for 5-6 years, does that mean they will probably have a normal life span once starting their meds?
I read about people expecting normal lifespans if they can maintain viral load and cd4 cells above a certain number on meds, but I wondered if this is also true of they have done well without any meds for that long.
| Response from Dr. Young
Hello again M, thanks for your post.
Yes, there are rare individuals who control their virus without the benefit of HIV medications. We call these persons "long-term non-progressors". Typically, they have very low level (or undetectable) virus (but are HIV antibody positive).
There are also individuals with low level viremia (ie., apparent virological control) who continue to have immune depletion.
Nevertheless, in the large majority of cases, once on medications (and appropriate medications, adhered to), we can now expect essentially normal lifespan.
I hope this helps, BY
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
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.