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How long can a person live with HIV before getting AIDS?
Sep 21, 2005

How long can a person live with HIV before turning to AIDS? Is it possible to never be full blown?

I am 51 years old and have had this now for 15 years. My viral load is now undetectable according to Aug of 2005's blood work. I am on Sustiva and Combivir daily.

I just can't help but worry when I think of the possible future...all that I have read about the "indicator illness" like PML and the others... Should I worry so much?

Response from Dr. Conway

Congratulations on having such a good response to therapy. Although we don't know for sure, many people think that indviduals such as yourself will live the rest of their natural lives without ever developing full blown AIDS, as long as their CD4 counts stay well above 200 on therapy. You should only worry about indicator illnesses if you are one of these people whose CD4 count has not risen to such levels on HAART.

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