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life span of a person
Sep 14, 2004

How long has any one person lived with HIV?

Response from Dr. Horwath

I don't know the exact answer to that question. However, I do know that there are some long term survivors (usually refered to as non-progressors), who have been HIV+ for years and have not become ill, even without treatment. Since the epidemic began around 1980, that would mean that the longest survivors would be in the range of 20-24 years. Why some people with HIV infection do not progress to become ill is not well understood, unfortunately.



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