Sep 25, 2012
I understand the optimisms regarding HIV-1, but what if I have HIV-2? Can I expect to live as long as someone with HIV-1 or should I except the fact that there are much less treatment options and will develop AIDS. Note: I LIVE I A CONTRY WITH FULL ACCSES TO MEDICAL CARE AND MEDICTIONS.
Response from Dr. Young
While the extent of clinical trials information about HIV-2 is less, many HIV-1 medications (except non-nukes, NNRTIs) are active against HIV-2. The NRTIs, PIs and integrase inhibitors should all be effective against HIV-2.
The prognosis for HIV-2 infected persons generally is better than those living with HIV-1- the disease progresses much more slowly, and in a country like yours, I'd expect that the life expectancy to be excellent and with access to thoughtful medical care, that AIDS need not be an inevitability.
Be well, BY
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