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Why is HIV considered a life threatening disease?

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In brief: Uniformly fatal

Hiv is a virus that causes aids.
Without therapy (multiple expensive targeted medications), the average life expectancy for someone who contracts HIV is 8 to 10 years, and without therapy virtually everyone with HIV would die of disease. This is why HIV is "life threatening". With appropriate drug treatments and good diet/lifestyle some people with HIV may live decades and die of other causes.

In brief: Uniformly fatal

Hiv is a virus that causes aids.
Without therapy (multiple expensive targeted medications), the average life expectancy for someone who contracts HIV is 8 to 10 years, and without therapy virtually everyone with HIV would die of disease. This is why HIV is "life threatening". With appropriate drug treatments and good diet/lifestyle some people with HIV may live decades and die of other causes.
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Dr. Charles Sturgis
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