Some encouragement Please!
Jan 20, 2006
Dear Dr. H: You recently answered a man who had been poz for six years and felt great despair because of his limited life expectancy. I've been poz since 1987. I was in my 30's then and it was a death sentence. The docs gave me "maybe two years" to get my affairs in order. Well, it's nearly two decades later. I have no viral load and CD4's of about 500. I feel quite certain I'll make it to the bibilical three score and ten myself and he'll probably go beyond that number because he's had better drugs for a lot longer than I did. (Heck, I remember well when AZT was brand new!) Despair? Hell, he should be feeling elation at the prospect of a long and relatively healthy life with this virus! That's what is possible today -without major heroics. Just ordinary treatment. What may happen tomorrow is anyones' guess. But barring suicide or total neglect of treatment - we're all going to be a here for much longer than we dreamed possible several years ago... And it's time we were telling this to the younger guys. IT's not a death sentence anymore!
Response from Dr. Horwath
Three cheers for your positive outlook, and for getting back to living your life!
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