|What's the current lifespan prognosis of Newly diagonosed?
Nov 1, 2004
With current medical treatments available, what is the current thinking for how long a person has to live if they adhere to their medicine regimines? Does having a strain of the virus with a small amount of resistance shorten this time?
| Response from Dr. Horwath
The prognosis depends on many factors, such as the viral load, CD4 count, history of prior opportunistic infections or other complications, other medical conditions, HAART regimen, degree of adherence, response to HAART, substance abuse, nutrition, exercise, psychiatric disorder, strain of virus, etc.
There are people who have been living with HIV infection for 20 years. HAART has only been available since about 1995, and there are survivors who have been on HAART since that time. What we know for sure is that HAART prolongs the life and decreases the likelihood of opportunistic infections for people with HIV infection.
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