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last stages so soon...
Aug 9, 2002

My cousin has been diagnosed with aids. he has only had for about a year and its already in one of the last stages, why did it go into full blown so fast? the girl he got it from is fine, she also gave him herpes. Now is kidneys are only working on 20 and he pee's and throws up blood alot, WHY is this happening? very concerned cousin

Response from Dr. Henry

Unfortunately some patients don't handle the virus very well (due to their immune system or genetic make-up)--there is a wide range of outcomes from 20+ years with HIV without any problems to full blown life threatening AIDS within a year of getting infected. It often is not possible with current technology/tests to determine why for individual patients. Most (but not all patients) will respond well to properly administered potent antiretroviral therapy which can turn things around in most cases. KH



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