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If someone is diagnosed with HIV typically how long do they have to live?
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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dr. Joseph Eastern
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Dr. Daniel Lee
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: A long time, usually
Nowadays, most people diagnosed with HIV can live probably as long as anyone else without HIV if they are adherent to HIV medications.
However, it does depend on how one's immune system is doing. If someone has a poor immune system, they may be at higher risk to be susceptible to a variety of infections, which may increase their risk of death. The goal is to get HIV controlled with anti-hiv meds.

In brief: A long time, usually
Nowadays, most people diagnosed with HIV can live probably as long as anyone else without HIV if they are adherent to HIV medications.
However, it does depend on how one's immune system is doing. If someone has a poor immune system, they may be at higher risk to be susceptible to a variety of infections, which may increase their risk of death. The goal is to get HIV controlled with anti-hiv meds.
Dr. Daniel Lee
Dr. Daniel Lee
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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine
In brief: HIV infection
The current outlook for HIV infection is excellent.
If one gets diagnosed promptly, follows the doctor's advice, and takes the recommended medications faithfully, it is possible to live a full normal life span.

In brief: HIV infection
The current outlook for HIV infection is excellent.
If one gets diagnosed promptly, follows the doctor's advice, and takes the recommended medications faithfully, it is possible to live a full normal life span.
Dr. Colin Kerr
Dr. Colin Kerr
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