Average life expectancy
Jun 3, 2009
Greetings, I am a 38 year old HIV + male who has been living with HIV for 16 years. 6 months ago, I started meds (Atripla) for the first time because my t-cell count was between 250-300 for 2 consecutive labs and my cd4% hit 19% for the first time, my VL has always been really low. To be blunt, I just want an honest answer from a professional about my life expectancy. I've asked my doc before and he says I should live a near- normal life span (as it stands now with current meds). Do you have another opinion or has there been any research to know what kind of a life expectancy someone like me should have?
I appreciate your honesty.
Response from Dr. Henry
For a 38 year old HIV+ male on ART with undetectable HIV levels and a CD4 count >> 350 the life expectancy would on the average be measured in decades (one Danish study suggested 30+ years). The presence of other medical problems (cigarette smoking, cancer, heart disease) has a major role in life expectancy for HIV+ since those non-AIDS conditions are the major health threat for persons on ART with CD4 counts > 350. KH
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