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Starting treatment after years of non-treatment
Feb 4, 2004

My friend has been hiv-positive for sixteen years; he has never had treatment, and his white blood cell count is now virtually non-existant. Would treatment now extend his healthy life expectancy?

Response from Dr. Henry

In most cases your friend will experience significant-sometimes dramatic-benefit from starting on effective treatment. The benefits include not getting sick with an AIDS-related problem and a much longer life. It is recommended that he/she go to a user friendly and highly experienced HIV specialist to maximize the chances for a good long term outcome. KH

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