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life expectancy for babies born with HIV
Jun 2, 2004

what is the average life expectancy for babies born with HIV? with and without treatment? how much imfluence does their nutritional care have? thanks

Response from Dr. Lee

Babies who do not receive treatment for HIV generally have a very short life (under three years). This is because their immune system is destroyed before it is developed. With treatment, they may live for many years. One of my "babies" is now fifteen. Nutrition is important for children and for adults with any chronic illness such as HIV, but cannot make up for the effectiveness of medication.

Be well.


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