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How long can one live when you are HIV positive?

How long can one live when you are HIV positive?

In 1996, the total life expectancy for a 20-year-old person with HIV was 39 years. In 2011, the total life expectancy bumped up to about 70 years. The survival rate for HIV-positive people has also dramatically improved since the first days of the HIV epidemic.

Access to effective HIV treatment and high-quality medical care.

What shortens the life expectancy of a person with HIV?

Starting HIV treatment as soon as possible after HIV infection, before the CD4 cell count has dropped to a low level. The sooner you are diagnosed and begin HIV treatment.

Results one year after starting HIV treatment. Studies show that life expectancy is better for people who respond well within a year of starting treatment than for people who do not.

Year of diagnosis – HIV treatments and medical care has improved over the years. People who have been diagnosed in recent years are expected to have a longer life expectancy than people who were diagnosed longer ago

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