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HIV-2 infection
      #2303 - 04/05/00 12:11 AM

I just found out that I have been exposed to the HIV-1 and HIV-2 virus. I understand all the information about HIV-1 but, there is nothing to speak of about HIV-2. From what I have read there is no treatment and plans for this infection. What does that leave you to go on???? If a anyone has information regarding this infection ( HIV-2 ) please send me the info.

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      #2304 - 04/05/00 12:12 AM

What is HIV-2? I didn't know there was a list! Do all of you dedicate every minute of your lives doing nothing but researching this damn virus? I have children to raise, I can't sit for hours on end trying to do the research that my government is supposed to be doing? The people where I live that are supposed to help me learn and manage my life don't even understand themselves how the programs work. The more I read here, the more I think I should just write up my will, make sure my kids a provided for and lay down and die. I don't see how I can possibly beat this thing!

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      #2305 - 04/05/00 12:13 AM

Dear Anonymous:

I'm so sorry to hear about your diagnosis (actually, your email isn't really too clear...I'm not sure whether you've been exposed or diagnosed).

My partner was diagnosed with HIV-2 and, no matter how much research and question-asking I do, I seem to find little information on the topic. My partner's doctor, who is a specialist in the field of treating patients with HIV/AIDS knows very little as well, and claims that this is because nobody is researching the topic.

Why? Well, because HIV-2 is particularly prevalent in the so-called "third world countries", and research is basically funded by government grants and drug companies in the western world. I suppose these drug companies don't want to waste time researching in an area where they will not be able to sell their treatments for lots of money, as they do in the western world. Even in North America, not many people cannot afford HIV/AIDS treatments.

Did you know that there isn't even a test for viral load in patients with HIV-2? Nobody has bothered yet to design a test. Again, I assume it's because HIV-2 is more prevalent in other parts of the world.

All of this strikes me as being really odd, especially when many scientists claim that the roots of HIV/AIDS can be traced back to the African continent where, by the way, HIV-2 is the most prevalent. Could this mean that HIV-2 holds some of the secrets of the way AIDS (and HIV) replicates, etc.? I'm not a scientist, but it would seem that if HIV-2 is studied more intensely, perhaps we'd have a chance of unlocking some of puzzles surrounding progression and treatment of all immunodeficiency viruses.

As far as I know, HIV-2 can be treated in a similar fashion to HIV-1, but I guess it would be more difficult to know if the particular drug "cocktail" were working at its best in the case of HIV-2 since the viral load cannot be tested. My partner's doctor performs quarterly checkups and blood tests on my partner and assesses his overall health as well as the ratio of CD-4 cells to CD-8 cells. It's kind of scary, though: we have no information regarding viral load. In any case, my partner and his doctor have decided to forego medications for now, until there is a significant drop in CD-4 cells (which may never happen, anyway).

On a more positive note, apparently HIV-2 progresses much more slowly than HIV-1.

My partner takes great care of himself, which we believe is important to one's physical, emotional and mental health regardless of whether or not they have HIV. Please keep active and eat well and, if you would like a list of vitamins and other supplements that are beneficial to the immune system, I'll be glad to help. In the mean time, please make sure that you find the emotional support you need amongst people whom you trust.

Take care,



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      #2306 - 04/05/00 12:14 AM

Hiv 2 is a non progressor. I have articles stating that it moves much slower than Hiv-1 However, I may be wrong. It is an African version of the virus

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