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"what's the future for HIV/AIDS sufferers?" In a nutshell, it is brighter than ever before. This year, we mark the 30th anniversary of the first formal announcement. I can well remember what a literal death sentence a diagnosis was at that time. Today, however, HIV/AIDS has moved from being a terminal malady to being a chronic but highly manageable condition somewhat analogous to other states such as diabetes and hypertension. I say all of that not meaning to downplay the seriousness of the virus one bit. Likewise, we must remain highly vigilant to not let our guard down and forsake precautions. However, the good news is that for a person newly diagnosed today, the projected average lifespan for a young person residing in an industrialized nation and receiving proper health care runs very close to that of a non-infected person (e.g. approximately 60 more years for one diagnosed at age 20). So, the botXXXXX XXXXXne is that there is hope both in terms of new treatments, new means of prevention, and of course the very exciting vaccine research always underway.
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