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How long can you go without knowing that you have aids before the symptoms catch up with you?

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Dr. Simon Tsiouris
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
6-10 years: On average, and there is much variability, most people will have six to ten years from the time of their initial infection where they are asymptomatic from hiv.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

How long can survive without knowing that you have aids?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Many years: In the days before effective treatment, the average time from infection to an aids diagnosis was 10 years. Some people progressed much faster than that, and some much slower. Everyone should get tested, so that they don't find out they're hiv-infected by getting diagnosed with aids.

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