|Life expectancy of an HIV positive person on treatment
Nov 20, 2009
How many years does an HIV positive patient on HIV treatment survive?
| Response from Dr. Henry
That depends on many individual factors including current age (hard to expect a 60 year old to live 40 more years), other factors (use of IV drugs or presence of hepatitis C/smoking et cetera), and success of HIV treatment (suppressed virus and CD4 count > 500). One study predicted a 37-38 year survival for a non IV drug using 20 year old starting HIV therapy. Another study from France predicted near normal life expectancy for persons suppressed on HIV treatment > 2 years and CD4 counts > 500. Those predictions assume excellent adherence and access to current standards of care HIV meds and health care. KH
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