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Weakened Virus
Jun 11, 2003

Is it possible that after 14 years of HIV treatment that my virus is now in a weakened state?

Response from Dr. Henry

That is tough to say. If you have failed several therapies then the virus may have mutated and be somewhat "weakened" but in that situation it is difficult to control the virus fully and if treatment is stopped the original strong virus returns. If you have been on successful treatment without much resistance then there is little data to suggest that the virus weakens over time. When patients stop successful therapy in most cases the viral level returns to about the same level as before treatment with a steady drop in the CD4 count. KH



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