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are they looking for me?
May 17, 2006

i've been positive for 18 years....no meds....and now my hiv is gradually going away (it seems). highest viral ever was 44,000 and last test was 5000. are there studys out there looking for people like me.....i'd like to help if i can. thanks greg

Response from Dr. Henry

A small but significant and very interesting minority of HIV infected persons appear to do well/OK for a long time with HIV infection (< 5%). In the literature persons who maintain a good CD4 count (such as > 500 ) over time (? > 5-10 years) have been termed long-term non progressors. Elite controllers are persons who also maintain (without treatment) a very low plasma HIV level (such as < 500 copies/ml)-they appear to be even more rare than the long-term non-progressors (? < 1%). Some research sites such as the NIH or Bruce Walker's group at Harvard have had a research interest in patients who do well without treatment since those experiments of nature may teach us something about either the genetics or immunology of host-virus interactions that could help device better treatments in the future. KH



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