I am HIV positive, it is not a death sentence.
Everybody will die at some point. The real question is whether you will die sooner because of HIV and, if yes, how soon? This is a tricky question to answer, given that different factors such as age, health, time of detection, income, education, urbanization, health care spending and inputs like number of physicians, access to safe drinking water, nutritional outcome and cooperation with your doctor’s instructions can have a severe impact on how your disease progresses.
Without treatment, a person infected with HIV reaches the final stage of the disease -AIDS- in an average of ten years. Once the last step is reached, the evolution of the disease varies greatly; some people die within weeks or months, while others can live for another ten years or more. We can say that the latest treatments have dramatically improved the lives of people living with HIV in terms of both life expectancies and quality of life. Especially for those who start treatment early. If you take your medication in time as instructed and have a healthy lifestyle, you can potentially live as long as any other person can.