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Are There Genetic Factors That Slow Down The Progression Of Hiv

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...than a blood test , positive results must be confirmed by a traditional blood sample ( ELISA plus WB ). RNA / NAAT Testing The "NAT" or "NAAT" test (nucleic acid amplification test) is used to detect the presence of genetic material that is specific to HIV. It is not approved for the use of diagnosis of HIV infection perhaps with the exception of diagnosing infection in newborns of infected mothers who have antibodies to HIV that are...
Ask the Experts

recently diagnosed with hiv but no viral load

Hey DR. Frascino. I am newly diagnosed with HIV with a repeat of 2 tests. The reason both tests were repeated because my western blot and elisa were positive but both times i had an undetectable viral load with a cd4 count of 741. My doctor looked...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,It is possible you are an "elite controller." See below. Regarding your partner, your undetectable HIV plasma viral load significantly decreases but does not eliminate his HIV-acquisition risk. He should have HIV-antibody testing Read more »

side effects

since i started my treatment my stomach grows bigger,am now six years undertreatment.Is there any remedy
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...factors contribute to risk for fat problems including age, time with HIV, how low the CD4 count went before treatment, and family genetics. There is no prescription drug than can be generally endorsed to help the problem of increased... Read more »

HLA-B5701 and low viral load?

I am 4.5 months since infection. My viral load is 4,000 copies/ml and CD4 > 500. My doc said I am not yet at my set point. I tested positive for the HLA-B5701 allele. I found several papers that discuss a correlation between the presence of...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...distinguish its own cells from foreign cells. While the presence of HLAB5701 is more common among people who are slow progressors with HIV infection, it is also found among normal progressors in the rate that might be expected in the general... Read more »

Is HIV- antibodies the best test to detect HIV+? (ELITE CONTROLLERS, 2010) (ELITE SUPPRESSORS, 2010)

I have a friend of mind who hasn't taken any medications for HIV since 2006 and has maintained 0 viral load and a maximum CD4 after he was decleared cured by a herbalist. He was very sick before then but he's been fine all this while going around...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...have managed to thwart the virus with treatments, although these people may also have had help from their immune system or a genetic resistance to HIV.For Walker and colleagues at the Partners AIDS Research Center who are coordinating the study,... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Non-Nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors in Development Development NNRTIs No Longer in Development Note: Several fact sheets describe drugs that are being tested against HIV: Fact Sheet 410 : nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitors (nukes) Fact Sheet 440 : protease... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The Evidence That HIV Causes AIDS

...strain of virus. In another tragic incident, transmission of HIV from a Florida dentist to six patients has been documented by genetic analyses of virus isolated from both the dentist and the patients. The dentist and three of the patients... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Challenges in Designing HIV Vaccines

...Designing an effective vaccine to protect people from infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or from becoming ill if already exposed to the virus is a high priority of... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Challenges in Designing HIV Vaccines

...investigators are comparing long-term HIV survivors with people who quickly became infected or sick. Leading areas of research include genetics, individual variations in the immune response and exposure to or infection by less deadly HIV... Read more »
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time line

Posted by Anonymous
... search FRONTLINE search 1959 First known case of human HIV infection A blood sample is taken in 1959 from a man living in Leopoldville, Belgian Congo, now Kinshasa, Democratic... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...i know that there are a few vaccines that are currently being tested that look promising towards the prevention of HIV. if this is actually the you think it's safe to say that they'll have a cure within the next 20 years? Read more »

Infectious or Intoxication Diseases?

Posted by Anonymous
...people who actually fall ill with the "new big plagues" is very low. In the case of AIDS there are about 2000 "new infections" (HIV antibody positive) every year, and 600 deaths [in Germany]. Hepatitis C hasnt led to a significant increase of... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Would PN at 11 weeks after infection be fairly inconsistant? What I am experiencing started a few days ago and began with tingling feet and arms (not hands). All limbs had pins and needles later that night, at the same time. Since then I have had... Read more »