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Aug 9, 2003

Dr. Aberg,

I applaud you for all your efforts against this virus. I was just wondering if you could post this email as a reminder for all infected individuals to do what is necessary to take charge against this virus and that is participate in the nearest clinical trials. As I'm sure you're aware (and trust me I am not referring to do more than enough, I refering to the many people with virus who do nothing so that advances against this thing can take effect); people have become too complacent about participating in local clinical trials.

And guys, we're never going to beat this thing if you don't participate in clinical trials. Yes, we have come far but not far enough. So if you're (16, 25, 34, 46, 57, 60, 0r 75) and have the virus) do us all a favor and be brave and the honorable thing) take part in a clinical trial that you qualify for. And if you don't look into another one that you do.

This is the one thing I can do to help others with the condition. If we all do this, then we will overcome. But if we don't try we don't get noticed. We need new medicines right (more potent, less toxic, and less problematic). We want to live normal lives. Some people die for their country, some people die for nothing, others die for less. Many lost souls died for no reason on 9/11. Until we cure this virus or bring it under control, all us infected are living 9/11 over and over ever single day. Do yourself a favor, join me in a crusade to make positive advances against this disease. Join a clinical trial. Don't give up. We have numbers, now we need the effort!

I, for one, am looking into the Clinical Trial in New York at Cornell with IL-2. Why not, if it saves one life maybe someone, somewhere enrolled in a clinical trial can make my life better too.

Dr. Aberg, feel free to make any comments to this email.

And white people this means you too. We are failing in enrolling in clinical trials miserably. The minorities are doing the call, now its our turn! Please stay well.

New York City

Response from Dr. Aberg

Thank you for your enthusiasm for clinical trials. You are correct that we need clincal trials to enhance our knowledge regarding HIV.

I would like to remind others as well that not all clinical trails are looking at investigational drugs. We still do not know what the best regimen to start with is, how best to sequence therapy and why some individuals get complications from medications and others do not. Many of the studies are observational meaning they just follow blood work and your health outcome over time on your current therapy or maybe not on any medications. Others are looking at combinations of therapies that are the same as your physician would prescribe. Others are looking at metabolic side effects. The list goes on. So, I agree with you to encourage others to check out clinical trials.

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