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50 years old - what is my life expectancy?

Oct 25, 2011

I keep reading what the life expectancy is for a 20 year old diagnosed today, but would like to know what mine might be on average. I seroconverted four years ago, and began meds with a CD4 0f 550. I can't remember my viral load from six months ago. I am on Truvada, Ritonavir, and Darunavir, and am now undetectable with a viral load of 650. I get a bit of exercise walking, and eat reasonably healthy. Are you able to give me a likely indication as to how long I might have?

Response from Dr. Fawcett

It's impossible to say with any certainty what your life expectancy might be. Several recent studies have documented that starting antiretroviral therapy with a higher CD4 count and the improved selection of drugs in recent years will dramatically increase lifespan. There are no specific studies regarding lifespan of people who seroconvert at older ages and there are so many variables, including overall health, other conditions, etc, that I can't see how any valid prediction would be possible.

I have had clients become obsessed with these data, ironically, to the detriment of their health. Remember these are statistical averages, like traffic accidents, and represent numbers over which we have no control except by taking care of our physical and emotional health as best we can. I'd encourage you to take confidence in your good numbers and continue your healthy lifestyle. -David

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