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How long can you live with HIV/AIDS with out treatment?


About 5 years ago, my brother came to me and told me he was feelig weird...i looked up the symptoms and told him what it might be but he was too scared to go to the DR. and here he is 5 years later. Just curious. What do you think. If it was HIV..do you think he would still be here today?

some people can live over 40 years with HIV/AIDS if you take care of your self and do what the doctors tell ya to do..

Remember, 80% of what we worry about never happens. He should have gone and even now go to get a blood test. It is simple and quick. He has all to gain and nothing to lose.

Worrying for 5 years has just about destroyed his health anyway. Worry will kill a person. Get him to a doctor. Pops

when i was worried and taken the meds that they told me i must take to stay alive it was the worst year of my life also the sickest i have ever been.i was never sick until i took meds. When i decided to refuse meds my health improved now 6 years later my health is great and i still refuse the meds.........oh yea they dont know.

some people live up to ten years without symptoms or medication the only way to know if you are HIV positive is to take a test. people can tell you yes and no on here all day long and when its all done you still wont know without a test result. tell him to get tested.

Sometimes people live with HIV for years, sometimes even undetected.

It all depends on his health, diet, natural immune system strength, age. Lots of variables. Further, many walk around apparently healthy with no or very low T-cell counts. Being scared to go to the doctor is a common reaction, but I feel one is better off having a trusted medical professional (allopathic, homeopathic, naturopathic, whatever) than none at all. I've been (mostly) walking and jumping and hiking and swimming and working and playing around for 25 years HIV+, but have trusted medical professionals who have helped me at times I could not do it on my own.

Yes. He could (although he probably does not have HIV, and no one should go 5 years with a suspicion!).

The "Clinically Asymptomatic Stage" lasts 10 years on average. Perhaps nothing more than swollen glands.
http://www.avert.org/hivstages.htm

An American diagnosed with the AIDS virus can expect to live for about 24 years on *average* ...
... a 2003 federal study concluded that only 55 percent of HIV patients who should have been on virus-fighting medications were actually getting them.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,2287...

... HIV can lie dormant within a cell for many years, especially in resting (memory) CD4+ T4 lymphocytes.
http://pathmicro.med.sc.edu/lecture/hiv2...

personally one of my family members died form aids 10 years ago.she lived with for almost ten years.she was not taking care of herself,drinking and doing drugs.i don't believe she got any kind of treatment for it and she lived for almost a decade..I'm not a doctor or anything but i believe it depend on the person.your brother should just go to the doctors to put his mind at rest.

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