Q and A


How long can someone live with HIV?

How long can a man live with HIV if he was around 18 years old and was healthy when he was infected, both with and without medication?


This is a very good question, but no-one can predict how long another person will live.

Many issues that need to be taken into account and yet you still will only get a guess for an average age. These include socioeconomic factors, which country you live in, income, lifestyle (alcohol, drugs, tobacco, exercise and diet), access to health care, other infections like hepatitis, genetics and chance – good or bad luck.

However, there was a good study published in the Lancet, in the 26 July 2008 issue, that looked at life expectancy for HIV positive people. It provided robust and compelling results from a large cohort of HIV positive people from developed countries, that life expectancy is very good, and near to an HIV-negative person.

They reported that a 20-year-old individual starting HAART could expect to live for another 43 years on average. A 35-year-old could expect 32 more years of life. One of the comments by an Australian scientist was

Information on this website is provided by treatment advocates and offered as a guide only. Decisions about your treatment should always be taken in consultation with your doctor.


  1. Hi,

    You should tell your clinic or doctor about your continue d side effects they can then let you know if they have have an alternative available that they can change you too.

  2. Sabrina

    Please help me, i started ARV treatment of Teevir with 460 CD4 and it i gave me way so may side effects from constant fever, sleepless ness and burning sensation in my hands and feet..We run many blood test for TB or any other oppertunistic deseases but nothing could be dedected my kidneys and liver are still a good condition. But the side effects are very servere sometimes…should i change the drug or what should i do please advice…

  3. Hi Rajan

    HAART is an abbreviation for Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy. However, this is now quite an old fashioned term. For the last few years most people talk about ART (antiretroviral therapy) rather than HAART. They both mean the same thing though.

    HIV meds are definitely available in Nepal but they need to be prescribed by a doctor. You can not buy them without a prescription.

    Try contacting the Nepal Network of HIV Positive People.

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