May 4, 1998
Hi, I was wondering if We are Closing in on HIV becoming a "manageable" Illness, something, that if treated properly, could allow someone to live a Full Life? Also along those same lines, If someone were diagnosed say 3 years after infection, Do the Risks for a quicker death increase?
Response from Dr. Murphy
HIV infection is certainly more manageable these days, but treatments are not perfect and many people can't tolerate the treatment because of side effects of the drugs. It is possible however, that with the treatments available today that some proportion of persons infected with HIV who get treated could live "normal lives". This remains to be proven. Regarding your second question, it is not so much how long a person has been infected with HIV, but it is more like how aggressive the disease is. We determine this by measuring the CD4 cell count and viral load.
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