can someone who has hiv without treatment suddenly show symptoms after fifteen years.?
How can a person live that long without treatment. Then all of a sudden get pcp pneumonia Thrush and be in critical condition? Is this possible no signs of the disease at all after so long? Is there any other reasons they could have gotten pcp pneumonia?
Yes, it is highly possible to still be alive despite not getting HIV treatment. The mean survival time for patients with HIV is 8-9 years without treament, although it could extend to 15-20 years. Once you have AIDS (defined as HIV + an AIDS-defining disease such as PCP or esophageal Candidiasis, etc), survival is usually 6 months to 2 years.
Pneomcystis jiroveci (previously Pneumocystis pneumoniae) is a common organism in healthy lung, but our immune system prevents it from causing disease. Therefore, any condition that lowers immunity allows them to cause PCP pneumonia. Aside from AIDS (which is most likely because of the pre-existing HIV), other causes are genetic defects in immunity, drugs / medications, extreme aging.
As always, talk to your doctor for the best advice.
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