Feb 18, 2011
I have been HIV positive for 26 years with no medication. 2 years ago i was hit by a car and fractured my pelvis and got pneumonia. I went on anti viral medication for one year. I am now not taking anti viral medication. My cd4 counts are 330 viral load 1,400. I'm 55 with hepatitis c. What is my life ?expectancy with no antiviral medication.
Response from Dr. Henry
Long term prognosis depends on many variables besides HIV (gender, smoking, family history, heart disease risk, cancer disease risk, diabetes, hepatitis C status). In general having a CD4 count of 330 and active hepatitis C would be expected to shorten life expectancy (for 55 year old life expectancy would be 80+ in general population). Addressing all those other factors and treating HIV (and the hep C depending on stage/genotype/rate of change) would be my general recommendation to protect health and prolong healthy life. KH
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