Dec 2, 2007
Normally it takes about seven years before symptoms occur in HIV+ people. Would a patient on immunosuppresive therapy(f.e. azathioprine) develop symptoms earlier?
| Response from Dr. Conway
Azathioprine specifically suppresses cellular immunity, the very arm of the immune system that is targeted by HIV. As such, taking this drug in the long term may, in fact, accelerate disease progression and lead to the earlier development of symptoms.
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