In the last decade, people who have tested positive for HIV had a life expectancy of only 8 more years after they had tested positive. Fortunately, in this time era, we live in, modern technology has helped us extend the lifespan of people who have tested positive for HIV. In this day and age, a person who has tested positive for HIV has a life expectancy of up to 33 years more. That's around 4 times more the number of years a person originally had in the last decade. With this new scientific breakthrough in the field of medicine, HIV positive people will be pleased to know that doctors and scientists are working on more treatments to extend their life expectancies even further eventually matching one of a normal, uninfected person and maybe even curing the disease altogether.
How A Person With HIV Can Live Up To The New Expected Lifespan
There are many different factors that will ultimately determine the length of the person's life when faced with HIV. One of these factors is completely dependent on the health status of their immune system. A person with a weak immune system is less likely to live up to the full life expectancy of a person with HIV and vice versa. Since HIV is a disease that gradually destroys a person’s immune system, a person with a weak immune system will be more exposed to the harmful effects of the disease's symptoms and complications. Fortunately, new treatments, particularly the new highly active antiretroviral therapy or HAART for short is the newest and most effective way to treat a person with HIV. It is relatively important to begin HAART treatment while the immune system of the person is still fairly strong as the virus has not yet made its way throughout the entire body. It is also important to be aware of which type of HIV you have as different types of HIV respond to different treatments. Make sure you also follow and take all of your treatments and medications religiously as missing even just one could put your body at a great risk.
How AIDS Attacks A Person's Body
AIDS itself usually does not cause the death of a person infected with it. AIDS simply damages the immune system of a person so much that the person will be vulnerable to even the slightest bit of minor infection. Even harmless agents in the air could turn into a fatal complication of AIDS.
How To Cope With HIV
If you happen to have HIV, don't lose hope. In this day and age, there are many treatments available in which you can use to extend your lifespan and to live a happy and healthy life despite having the presence of HIV in your body. Make sure to talk to your physician about the treatments available that you may take in order to slow the progression of the virus. You may also practice good habits such as eating a balanced and healthy diet, avoiding drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, practicing safe sex habits and avoiding the use of dirty needles in certain situations like in tattoo parlors.