Jan 6, 2012
His cd count is 383 and his vl is 4 i think. he does not live a healthy life and use alcohol on a regular base. He is also a chain smoker. He dont want to take the arv anymore. What do you think are his chances to live longer than a year without his arv. Im worried about him
| Response from Dr. Henry
Stopping HIV medications is not recommended in most cases for the overall health standpoing. When HIV medications are stopped, the prognosis is based on a very large number of individual factors both HIV related (level of CD4 count and HIV level) and non HIV-related (age, genetics, other medical problems, lifestyle) so prognosis can vary very widely (from poor < 1 year to many, many many years). In addition, estimating life expectancy is an inexact science when it comes to an individual patient--I hope your friend works closely with his HIV doctor to foster more healthy habits. KH
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