|andrew stimpson what happened to him
Aug 19, 2006
Dear Doc, do you have any news of what has happened to Mr Stimpson. Did anyone come up with an explanation? he seems to have gone back into obscurity.
what do you think happened or is it a case of something that cannot be explained.
| Response from Dr. Frascino
Yes indeed Mr. Stimpson has lapsed back into obscurity. For our readers who may not know about this strange case, Andrew, 25, was diagnosed HIV positive in 2002, but was then subsequently found to be HIV negative in October 2003 at Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare NSH Trust in the UK. A lengthy investigation concluded the initial tests were valid to conclude he was HIV positive. Stimpson then unsuccessfully tried to seek compensation against the Chelsea and Westminster Trust. Now, a good nine months later, it's difficult to determine exactly what's happening. Apparently some more sophisticated tests are being run (at St. Mary's, I believe), but confidentiality laws prohibit anyone from discussing the results. So we are left primarily with speculation and most of that is leaning toward a false-positive initial test to explain this isolated case of "sero-reversion". Stay tuned; we'll keep you posted as (and if) this story unfolds. Personally I'm not hopeful that this young man holds the key to an AIDS cure, as some have speculated.
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