Aug 15, 1997
If you become infected by the HIV virus, it is stated that you could live about an average of 10 healthy years without knowing that you have HIV, Does this mean that everybody that becomes HIV infected will live a healthy life with no problems for a 10 year period without knowing they have HIV, Where do they come up with this 10 year period?
Response from Dr. Cohen
Ten years is an average (the average time from infection to AIDS). The number came from before there was effective therapy; therefore, it does not reflect the current situation in treated individuals.
Since it is an average, it follows that half of all HIV-infected individuals will progress to AIDS in 10 years or less, and the other half will remain AIDS-free for 10 years or more.
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