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More virulent strains?
Nov 17, 1997

I recenlty read that strains of HIV have become more virulent and that people who have been infected since 1989 are only living an average of 2 1/2 years. Since I am recently infected (7/97) and diagnosed (11/97), these statistics really frighten me! What are your thoughts?

Response from Dr. Gallant

I can see why those statistics would frighten you, but they aren't true. People are living much longer now than they did in the 80's because of more effective treatment. But even in untreated individuals, there is no evidence that HIV disease is progressing any faster than it used to.

JG


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