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tenzen:
Hello there,

I jus got tested positive by my doctor. I have not taken any further tests yet but since I found out I have been doing so much research. It's very depressing having to deal with these numbers and not just being able to take it as it is. Reading about peple gradually losing CD4 rates until they get aids, it's like I'm seeing my whole future infront of me.

I know that medicine is much better than 20+ years ago but, realistcally, how long can someone with HIV live who just got infected (I am 25). I mean I know there is potential to live long, but are we there yet to say that we can live as long as a normal non-infected person?

My doctor said I could live as long as someone else btu I just want the honest truth. ALso my family has a history of dying old. Almost everyone who died of old age was in their 90s and very sane and healthy. I was so looking forward to age that old...

WestSide:
Hang in there!  Some talented and very educated people with experience will chime in for you.



drewm:
With current treatment protocol, you can expect a normal life span. What is a normal life span? That depends on a lot of things. You could get hit by a truck or get cancer. (I'm not making light here but just pointing out the obvious) HIV/AIDS, and and of itself, is no longer a life ending disease, however, it can be a life-ending disease without treatment or any host of other issues.

tenzen:

--- Quote from: drewm on February 09, 2013, 06:51:45 PM ---With current treatment protocol, you can expect a normal life span. What is a normal life span? That depends on a lot of things. You could get hit by a truck or get cancer. (I'm not making light here but just pointing out the obvious) HIV/AIDS, and and of itself, is no longer a life ending disease, however, it can be a life-ending disease without treatment or any host of other issues.

--- End quote ---

Thanks for the response. I am terrified by this so I am glad to hear. With normal life-span, I mean living healthy and dying of old age like nothing happened. Obviously anything can happen, but I mean anything that is not HIV related.

Also, I am the healthiest person every. I never get sick and I think I got infected about 2 months ago and I feel perfect. I didn't get that terrible flu yet or anything.

Fisher:
Ten:

The early days are really tough! Incredibly scary, uncertain and painful. 

But please trust.  Time heals.

At this point in time, how long you live has nothing to do with whether you are HIV positive or not . . . but how much "hrdra" heart and determination and diligence, in time and energy you chose to employ in the benefit of your continued survival!

Take your meds on time and as exactly as prescribed! And when you make small mistakes in timing or dosing . . . don't go nuts!  All is ok.

Accomplish that, excell . . . and then, like everyone else. . .

How long you continue depends on how long you want to continue . . .
and shit like genetics and sheer f'n luck!

You are fine and safe.

The early days are crazy!  But soon, you will be well on top of your life, once again!

Please trust!


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