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Re: Infected a year ago... how many years do I have
      02/03/06 05:58 AM

No one really knows yet, and I suspect that we won't know for a few years. The disease was only really identified just over two decades ago, and the cocktail first came out only a decade ago. However, with advances thus far, I am optimistic, as are most people.

To date, evidence shows that with proper treatment and a healthy lifestyle, one should be able to live a normal lifespan (providing one has access to meds and basic needs of sustenance), and one should be able to manage their HIV like any other chronic condition. So HIV isn't necessarily the death sentence that it was once thought to be (depends on where you live, lifestyle, socioeconomics, etc.).However, we should also be cognizant of the the fact that that the drugs have not been out for even an average lifespan yet, so no one really knows what the prognosis will be 10 years down the road.

Also, although the efficacy of the drugs are generaly quite good, one must keep in mind that there are drug resistant strains & the virus can mutate if one is does not adhere to a strict regime & a healthy lifestyle. It is also likely that an individual will, at a certain point in their treatment, develop resistance to a particular cocktail. Indeed, from what I know most find that they have to change cocktails eventually due to resistence issues. Furthermore, those who have been infected for decades sometimes find that they have become resistant to all drugs currently available.

On the other hand, I know of individuals who have been infected for 16 to 20 years and are doing better than (and in some caseshave outlived) those infected very recently, due to differences in lifestyle. They have also outlived negative people of their generation.

The good news is that research is ongoing & and there are new and better drugs coming out all the time. There are also vaccine trials going on around the world, which at the very least may help to boost the immune system of those already infected. The most promising are the Merck phase II trials & the Italian "Tat" Vaccine phase II trials. The onus is on all of us to lobby for a vaccine of sorts & for governments to provide R & D incentives to researchers and drug companies.

With ongoing developments, you have much to look forward to. I'm sure with a healthy lifestyle and good medical care you will do just fine.


All the best.




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