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Did I start to ART late?
Oct 13, 2008

Hi Dr. Henry:

I have a life expantancy question. I'm 42 and started on Atripla in July/August 2007. My CD4 count was 227 and my CD4% was 15. On my Sept. '08 lab results I'm 482 cd4 count with a 32% CD4%. I know that I was infected w/HIV in 2003, but I suppect that I may have been actually infected as early as 1997. I had not started any HIV treatment until mid 2007 as stated above and I'm in relative good health except for the HIV of course. What could I expect to be my life expectancy to possibly be if there is no cure for HIV in my life time?

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If you achieve full HIV suppression (below the detection level) and further CD4 rebound (ie CD4 > 500) then your life expectancy can approach that of the general population (for a 42 year old make that would be 75-80 depending on other risk for cancer, heart disease et cetera). KH



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