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Originally posted by Dr Love
Originally posted by Essan
During the last phase of HIV — which occurs approximately 10 or more years after the initial infection — more serious symptoms may begin to appear, and the infection may then meet the official definition of AIDS.
Fair enough, but my question is, since I have personally never known anyone with HIV/AIDS, has anyone ever known an HIV patient who lasted that long and seemingly beat this dreaded disease? I bet none.
Originally posted by VneZonyDostupa
reply to post by ProtoplasmicTraveler
Absolutely wonderful, both your advice and the story of your friend. A healthy lifestyle and strict monitoring/management of your viral load and WBC are the keys to maintaining quality of life. It's the reason medical professionals now view HIV as a chronic disease rather than a death sentence.
Originally posted by Xtrozero
I also know three people who have been HIV positive since the 80s, and all three have come close to death a number of times. The problem is the virus mutates rather well and one effective treatment can become ineffective quickly, but all three have had zero HIV count for over 10 years now.
Also there are also some HIV strains that do not lead to AIDS. There are cases in Africa of people who have been HIV positive for many decades with zero treatment and live a healthily life.
[edit on 15-5-2010 by Xtrozero]