An article about a particularly fast-acting strain of HIV gives some informative numbers for the rate of typical HIV progression.

The normal time of progression from infection to full-blown AIDS in an untreated patient is about nine years, with death following within 18 months, said Carly Stanton, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. For someone treated with anti-viral drugs, the average progression to disease from infection is 11 years, with death occurring within an average six years, Stanton said.

For much more detailed information about every stage of the disease, see this HIV/AIDS primer.



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