Feb 22, 2014
What is the estimated lifespan of aids patient with a CD4 of just over 100 and only now starting meds after having fever spells & little white sores in throat
Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for posting.
While everyone's health circumstances are different, life expectancy for people living has been increasing year after year.
Overall, on average, we are now looking at normal life expectancy for people in care in many countries. Our work in the NA-ACCORD Study tells us just this. Those who start treatment with lower CD4 counts have greater challenges- in the US, those who start ARVs with with counts below 350 still have a survival gap- by about 10 years.
For you, the importance of staying engaged in care is critically important. And while statistics tell us that you have greater challenges and a statistically lower life expectancy, I expect that this difference will narrow over the coming years and that you have every potential to live a full and healthy life.
Be well, BY
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