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re: Toxic Trauma
Aug 27, 2003

to the reader who wrote in this question...if you have been off your meds for a few months, you may be experiencing a "viral rebound syndrome". this happened to me twice when i went off my meds this year. i have also been off and on meds for years and this is the first time i have ever felt worse off the meds than on them. my symptoms promptly dissappeared when i resumed my meds and my viral load fell. do a search on "HIV viral rebound syndrome" for more info.

Response from Dr. Henry

There is not much data published on that since the concept of stopping effective treatment is still new and not a general practice. Buried in several papers/studies is data about the rate of rebound HIV syndrome which has averaged from 5-almost 10% (defined as symptoms resembling primary infection). I have had several patients in STI trials who have experienced that so STIs as we now do them are not a good fit for them. Future studies may look at immune modulators such as cyclosporine or mycophenolate as a way to decrease T-cell activation and perhaps blunt the rebound phenomenon. KH

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