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Jan15-13, 05:57 AM
Is AIDS really a death sentence?
Define "survive". And you have a death sentence since you were born, so I think the only way of correctly discussing these things is in the terms of life expectancy.
I don't know exact numbers, but from what I remember there was one (or perhaps a few?) cases of people that defeated AIDS (that is, they no longer test positive). Those that test positive and are treated do live quite long - but I don't know if their life expectancy is identical to their peers. I strongly doubt, as there are no medications without side effects.
Famous basketball player "magic johnson" has had HIV for over 25 years. But then again he is worth over $200,000,000 dollars and can afford the best treatment possible. He has had an innumerable amount of blood transfusions.