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How long does it take for HIV to cause AIDS?

It can take 8 to 11 years for HIV to cause AIDS, but this varies greatly between individuals. Treatment with antiretroviral medications can delay the development of AIDS for several decades, meaning that most people diagnosed with AIDS today can have a normal life expectancy if they are diagnosed early and maintain their treatment regime.

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Pelvic inflammatory disease


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