Contrary to popular belief, an HIV/AIDS diagnosis is no guarantee of a shorter lifespan. Back in the 1980s and early 1990s, there was little to no treatment available and the AIDS death rate was very high.
Fortunately, with the advent of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in the late '90s, the health and life expectancy of people living with HIV has improved dramatically. If you keep up with your meds and take care of your body by eating right and exercising, there's no reason you can't live a long, healthy life with HIV.
Warren Tong is the senior science editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com. Follow Warren on Twitter: @WarrenAtTheBody.
Comment by: jonathan
(New York, NY)
Fri., May. 29, 2015 at 10:20 am EDT
"HIV does not discriminate"
If that was true, the CDC would show equal per-capita infection rates among populations. In fact, the statistical differentials between populist are huge.
Comment by: Lenny juncewski
(Minneapolis mn )
Thu., May. 28, 2015 at 11:23 pm EDT
Is a longer life span what we're really looking for in somebody who has AIDS or HIV. The quicker we eradicate the disease the better off humanity will be in the long run. Unfortunate to catch aids, yes but let's not proliferate the disease. by extending the life span of a carrier of the terrible virus
Comment by: Barbara
Mon., Oct. 24, 2011 at 11:52 am EDT
Oral sex can be problematic when both parties are HIV+ and have gingivitis or periodontal disease and exchange fresh blood from bleeding gums.
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