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POSITIVE BUT NO DRUGS
Jun 30, 2008

I'm feeling better now, just recovered from illness. I look leaner but still weigh 90kg. Its been 8 years since I tested positive not a single drug since. What do you think I live ni Nigeria

Response from Dr. McGowan

In some individuals HIV can impact the immune system very quickly, whereas in others, like yourself, the impact is minimal several years since infection. Individuals who have a confirmed HIV-1 antibody test, but who remain immunologically intact for several years without requiring treatment, are termed long-term non-progressors. Long term non-progressors is a term reserved for patients who by and large are symptom-free. If you have access to CD4 testing, that should be done. Sometimes your can feel well but your CD4 count may be dropping without you realizing it. For this and other reasons, you should discuss your weight loss with your health care provider.

Joe


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