|Can HIV be Killed?
May 31, 2004
I thought viruses could never be killed. How come someone's viral load goes down with HAART? What happens to all that HIV? It can go from 1 million to undetectable. If it's not killed what happens to it?
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
Virus is produced and destroyed at roughly the same level on a daily basis, as long as the immune system is roughly intact. Current combination HIV drug regimens can be thought of as stopping production of new viral particles that can infect t cells. Thus, the balance is tipped in favor of reducing viral load as long as the immune system can clear virus from the system and further production is stopped.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Is Sore On Penis A Symptom Of AIDS?
- Black Spots After Anal Fingering Worried I Have HIV
- Blood In Semen After Mutual Masturbation Worried I Have HIV
- Groin Pain After Insertive Anal Sex Worried I Have HIV
- Painful Urination After Sucking Penis Worried I Have HIV
- Swollen Lymph Glands After French Kissing Worried I Have HIV
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.