FAQs About HIV/AIDS and Life Expectancy
Jan. 12, 2012
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- Does older age at the time someone becomes HIV positive mean faster progression of the disease -- especially without treatment?
- How long are 20-something HIVers expected to live nowadays?
- Post-traumatic stress and long-term HIV survival: How do we cope?
- How should HIV-positive individuals come to terms with mortality?
- My partner was diagnosed with HIV about three years ago. He is in his 20s, strictly adheres to his medication and has an undetectable viral load. Is it reasonable to expect a fairly normal lifespan for him?
- I'm a 22-year-old male, recently diagnosed with a CD4 count of 110. I've been smoking for seven years and drink a lot to deal with stress. Given my low CD4 count, does this mean that I'm a "goner"?
- I am a 38-year-old male, living with HIV for the last 16 years. I recently started taking Atripla (efavirenz/tenofovir/FTC). My CD4 count is between 250 and 300, and my viral load has usually been low. How long can I expect to live?
- I recently read an article that claimed an HIVer's life expectancy is about 24 years after infection. Is this true? Do I really only have 10 more years to live?
- My aunt doesn't want to take HIV meds. How long will she live without starting meds, compared to how long she'll live if we can convince her to begin treatment?
- I was recently diagnosed, and my doctor said I have an undetectable viral load. I'm having difficulty obtaining treatment and I'm really worried. How long do I have to live and what can I do to keep healthy?
- I'm 50 years old and seroconverted four years ago. Is there any way to calculate, statistically, how long I might live?
- What is the life expectancy of someone diagnosed with HIV at age 60?
- I'm a 40-year-old male who's been newly diagnosed with HIV. I don't smoke or drink to excess, and have no other infections or diseases that could complicate my HIV. Can I live a normal lifespan?
- Does everyone progress to AIDS?
- Does the fact that I have an AIDS diagnosis greatly reduce the normal life expectancy that is being quoted for people with HIV?
- I am in love with someone who's had an AIDS diagnosis but who now has a CD4 count of 400. I'm scared of him getting sick in the future. Can you give me some insight on what to expect if he continues to live healthily and take his medication?
- I was diagnosed with HIV, with thrush and shingles. My viral load is now less than 75 and my CD4 count is 900. Should I have been given an AIDS diagnosis? What is my life expectancy?
- I understand that there is a distinction between HIV and AIDS. Is it true that the average life expectancy after an HIV diagnosis ranges from five years to 25 years? Is there a different life expectancy for people with AIDS-defining illnesses?
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