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A 21-year-old member asked:

I have been diagnosed with hiv. how long to i have to live?

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Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Specializes in Addiction Medicine
Hiv is now chronic: Hiv is a chronic disease , before the advent of effective therapies lifespan was 10 years on average, now it is more the rule than the exception for those affected to HIV to have a longer lifespan, and diseases such diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol affecting them. Of course if HIV positive concomitant substance abuse, and other diseases are important to manage to extend life.
Dr. Victor Nwanguma
Infectious Disease 20 years experience
Unknown: If you take HIV medicines and follow up with your HIV specialist's recommendations, you will probably live a healthy life. There are very effective HIV medicines today. If you don't take HIV medicines and don't see your doctor, you will probably not live a healthy life as you will sooner or later get one of those illnesses we call opportunistic infections because your immune system will be damaged.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

How long can people live after being diagnosed as hiv+?

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Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Depends upon therapy: Average life expectancy for someone diagnosed with HIV who does not receive highly active antiretrovial therapy (haart) is 8 to 10 years. With a healthy lifestyle and appropriate health care including medications, a person in her/his 20s may live into their 70s (fifty years) with hiv. Treatment and taking care of the patient may give the patient 4 to 5 times life expectancy. Hope this helps.
A 18-year-old member asked:

If someone is diagnosed with HIV typically how long do they have to live?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
Nobody knows: There is no "typical" life expectancy for HIV (or anything else, for that matter). Magic johnson has been HIV positive for over 20 years, and he seems to be doing just fine. No reputable physician will ever say, "you have x weeks/months/years to live" under any circumstances, much less when HIV is involved.
A 40-year-old male asked:

How long does HIV live on air?

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Dr. Gebrehana Zebro (formerly Woldegiorgis)
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
HIV is very: Sensitive to environmental exposure and does not last longer . I think you wanted to know whether HIV can be transmitted airborne. The answer would be no. Hiv is strictly body fluid related infection including sexual intercourse , contaminated blood and blood product transfusion , skin or blood vessels pricked by sharp object that contain contaminated ( hiv) containing body fluid
A 41-year-old member asked:

How long can HIV live on surfaces?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Varies: Hiv can stay alive in wet body fluids in-vitro for a number of hour, like a day or so. Please consult cdc for more precise information.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How long can a baby with HIV live for?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Very long: Properly treated there are HIV infected children now into their 20's+. The hope is that they will remain healthy on medication until cure becomes a reality.

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