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What if.... - KH
Feb 6, 2001

Dear Dr. Keith, what if i am hiv+ and won't take any treatment or medication... how long(years) do you think should i live (more or less).. bcoz of little money. Hope for your kind reply.

Response from Dr. Henry

Experience from the pre-treatment era in the US suggested that the average time from infection to development of AIDS was around 10 years with survival averaging several years after than (total average= 10-12 years). That can be extended with several inexpensive meds (such as TB meds or a sulfa antibiotic pill). Some people have done well for 15-20 years without treatment so it can happen. KH



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