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Is HIV re-infection possible?
      #39903 - 10/29/02 05:07 PM


Positive Partners Superinfection Study
This study is looking to answer some questions that many positive people have been wondering about for some time, and as of yet the medical world has not been able to answer. It is a very exciting study to be a
part of. Below is some information about the study and are currently recruiting, and if you or anyone you
know is interesting in participating or you just want some more information, feel free to give me a call.

Is HIV re-infection real?
Can drug-resistant HIV be transmitted to someone already HIV positive?
With your help the Positive Partners Study will find out!
Robert M. Grant, MD, MPH - Principal Investigator
Jeff McConnell, MA - Project Director

The Positive Partners Study will examine the possibility that someone already living with HIV could be infected with another strain of HIV. This is called superinfection or re-infection. Positive Partners hopes
to find out whether superinfection really happens and, if so, whether it makes a difference in people's
struggle with HIV. The results will help people living with HIV to make more informed decisions about
their treatment and sexual behavior. Positive Partners is looking for couples living with HIV.

Both partners must be:
HIV Positive, taking HIV medications (antiretroviral drugs) or on STI, at least 18 years old, and Involved
in a sexual relationship with each other.

Positive Partners who enroll in this study will:
Participate in two confidential one-on-one interviews over the next year, provide blood and (males only) semen samples, and earn $25 each per visit; get free, state-of-the-art testing to monitor drug-resistance twice during the year (genotyping), T-cell count, viral load, and CBC (complete blood count).

Positive Partners is a collaborative study conducted by the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology and the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) at the University of California, San Francisco.

If you would like to participate or get more information call Positive Partners at (415) 476-9296 ext. 359 or
e-mail jmcconnell@psg.ucsf.edu



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