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- I am a registered nurse with HIV/AIDS experience. I will be glad to try and answer your question. I hope that the following information will be helpful to you, but please just write back if you have any follow-up questions or need clarification on anything after reviewing the following information. Thank you for writing back with the additional information, which was helpful to my analysis of your inquiry.
"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 bot***** *****ne 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.
- I hope that makes sense, but please do not hesitate to write back if needed. I shall be signing off soon to attend to some other professional obligations. Please rest assured, however, that I will be sure to check for any updated posts from you when I return to this online forum. I hope all works out.
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