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hiv and deppression
Aug 31, 2005

This is for my friend of 38 years who has infected with HIV from her husband .He is no more.Since2002 onwards she is taking ARVs .When it started the viral count was1.5lacs.But now the blood report shows itis nil.Sir how long she can survive?herCD4 count is also increased from 256 to 658.But now she is facing another problem ie deppression.She is thinking about her future?And also she does not want to live.So she met her doctor. He gave medicines for deppression.After starting this medicine she is feeling weakness and she can't do her work properly.Always she want to lie down but she can't sleep. Sir is deppression a part of this disease?

Response from Dr. Horwath

Depression is a common problem in people with AIDS. However, there is effective treatment available. If her current treatment is not effective or is causing severe side effects, then she should speak to her doctor or seek consultation from a psecialist in depression to adjust the treatment.

You asked how long she can survive. She has had a good response to treatment, and she should be able to live for many years. However, we don't have the power to predict a person's lifespan. The fact is, with or without AIDS, none of us knows how long we will live.



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