Can I have the same life expectancy as hiv negative person?
If I adhere to my drugs, maintain a high CD4 count and CD4%, plus undetectable viral load, can I have the same life expectancy as an HIV negative person?
Being HIV positive does not mean that your life will necessarily be shorter than somebody who is HIV negative. Several studies have reported that life expectancy is very close, with perhaps another 50 years for someone diagnosed now with HIV in their 20s.
HIV treatment is one of the most effective treatments that are available, when compared to many other illnesses. Newer generations of HIV drugs have fewer side effects and also lessen pill burden. The survival rate has increase many folds over the years and it will continue to do so.
Estimating life expectancy for an individual is not possible. These are studies based on average results. Another study from Europe estimated that an individual diagnosed in his/her 20s with HIV, who starts appropriate treatment at the appropriate time, would have a life span that stretches into their late 50s early 60s. The estimates of life expectancy with HIV continue to rise each year.
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