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Does every HIV positive person develop AIDS?

Q: My 38 years old husband is HIV positive. He had pulmonary tuberculosis and due to blood transfusions during the treatment, he got HIV. He is on ART for the last 12 years and the doctor told us that his reports are absolutely normal. Now, his CDC count is 1500. Does every HIV positive person develop AIDS?

A:As of now, it can be said that sooner or later, every HIV positive person will develop AIDS. However, this interval varies from person to person. It can vary from 4 years to 15 years. The conversion from HIV positive status to AIDS also depends upon initiation of ART. It is good that your husband is on ART. No, once a person becomes HIV infected, he/she remains HIV infected for life. Please make sure that your husband eats a balanced diet, exercises regularly, doesn't smoke or drink and continues to take ART and has a regular follow up.

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