|I need informations about my condition
Mar 15, 2006
I am 37 years old, diagnosed with HIV in 1992, and never took any HIV medication or treatment and never had CD4's drop or detectable viral load since I was diagnosed. I don't know why and I was tested several times after to make sure I am really HIV positive ( I am, according to the tests result ). My doctor told me that I could be a " long term non progressor " and he said that it's rare and that he does not have much information to give me about my condition. Can you tell me more about this ? I guess I am very lucky, but I would like to understand why I don't need meds, have no symptoms, etc. It's hard to explain that to my family and friends, they say I am NOT HIV positive, so.. Can you help me to understand more ?
| Response from Dr. Young
Thanks for your post.
Yes, indeed, you are one of the rare lucky ones (<1% of patients) who have confirmed HIV antibodies ("HIV+") but undetectable viral loads-- patients like you are the group that we call long-term non-progressors, because there is little or no decline in the CD4 cell counts over time.
We're not sure exactly why this occurs, but it has something to do with a very good innate immune response to HIV and/or a crippled virus.
A search on "long-term non-progressors" should help fill in some of the gaps for you.
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