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How Long Can Someone Live After Hiv Infection Taking Medication

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

The Stages of HIV Disease

HIV Is a Continuum Infection Primary Infection (or Acute Infection) Seroconversion The Asymptomatic Stage Early- and Medium-Stage HIV Symptomatic Disease Late-Stage HIV Disease (AIDS) HIV Is a Continuum Most of us are used to thinking of disease in very simple terms: if you feel sick, you are sick; if you feel healthy, you are healthy. However, because HIV may begin causing subtle changes in the immune system long before an infected...
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what to do? not do? what i can eat ? not to eat?how long live after taking Art madicen ?

hi I'm 36 yes old male and my wife is 28 we are living with HIV. we know about it last 6 month back after our testing our CD4 is me 103 and my wife is 102. we already stared ART it is already 5 month. so i want to know how much we have our life...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Life span with HIV depends on many individual factors. If access to and adherence to effective HIV medication is good then the goal is to approach a normal life expectancy (many health issues impact life expectancy including cancer risk, smoking,... Read more »

How long can a person live with HIV/AIDS?

What is the longest time that someone has lived with the AIDS virus active in their body? does HIV always turn into AIDS? Is it possible for a person with AIDS or HIV to live a full long life? What is the average life span?...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi. Thank you for your question. At this time, we cannot say what is the longest amount of time a person can live with HIV. This is because there are some people who have been infected for many years (since the epidemic was first recognized in... Read more »


hi Dr.Sherer, how long does the average person live who is living with HIV if he /she was diagnosed early enough , take meds as prescribed, exercises, and easts health in these days of the disease? I am 22 and was diagnosed a few month , it is...
Renslow Sherer, M.D.

Response from Renslow Sherer, M.D.

University of Chicago Hospitals
In the current era of HIV treatment, 80-85% of people have a response to ART like yours, with full viral suppression and rising CD4 cells. The estimates for long term survival are highest for someone who 'gets it right' with the very... Read more »

How long can I live

Hi, I have had HIV for 8years but have not had any treatment received, how much longer can I live normally before I am striked with AIDS? Does AIDS come suddenly or gradually?...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
On average, it takes about 8-10 years after infection to have one's T cells drop below 200, which is the threshold value the governement uses to define AIDS. Some people continue to do well even after their T cells go below 200 and even below... Read more »
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how long to live?

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
hi. I'm wonderin what the average life expectancy is for someone in the US living with HIV. I know it differs greatly from body to body but any general ideas? Read more »

how long do you live with HIV?

Posted by Nicole_herpes, 4 Replies
how long do you live with HIV? I am 1 month. I am feel alone after i know it. But i i just find friends at HIV dating site, such asn Read more »

How long to live?

Posted by PondersLife, 4 Replies
Hi everyone! Ok, here's the skinny...I have been pos since 1998 and started on meds in 2000 (didn't get sick started to prevent getting sick). One month after starting meds virus count was undectable and t-cells were 390 that was in 1998. Now... Read more »

choosing to live with hiv...

Posted by Anonymous
Choosing to Live With HIV/AIDS 1997 By Rev. Alexander R.
Garbera, MA,MSC As a long term survivor of HIV/AIDS, I am still
perplexed by this disease and the social structures that surround
it. Over fifteen years into this pandemic, people are still
be... Read more »