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HIV Resistance Testing

What Is Resistance? HIV is "resistant" to a drug if it keeps multiplying rapidly while you are taking the drug. Changes (mutations) in the virus cause resistance. HIV mutates almost every time a new copy is made. Not every mutation causes resistance. The "wild type" virus is the most common form of HIV. Anything different from the wild type is considered a mutation. An antiretroviral drug (ARV) won't control a virus that is resistant to it....
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HIV Resistant people?

How would can you Prove that a person was "Naturally resistant to HIV infection"? Would it be from continual exposure over a long time? Thank you. AA ...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
That's how the original observations were made. MH... Read more »

HIV Resistant people?

Hello doctor, Thank you for answering my previous question regarding HIV resistant people. The reason for asking them was that I lived with a HIV positive man for 14 years [unbeknown to both him and me] Had two healthy children who are both HIV- we...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
There are certain researchers who are very much interested in "discordant" couples like you. You may very well have the genetic factors in you that make you resistant to HIV. MH... Read more »

how does hiv become resistant

Could you please explain how HIV becomes resistant to certain drugs? thanks...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
When HIV replicates, it makes a copy of itself using its reverse transcriptase enzyme. During this process, it does not always make a copy that is a 100% the same as the previous version. In doing so, mutations in the virus sequence are formed. Many... Read more »

HIV Resistance?

On 2/7/01, Dr. Holodniy said that researchers would be interested in studying discordant couples for HIV resistance? We are yet another couple with similar circumstances to the one who posted the question. Can you direct us to any actual studies...
Susan Little, M.D.

Response from Susan Little, M.D.

University of California San Diego
I would contact your local physician or HIV community based organization to see if studies of this type are available in your area. Alternatively, you may access the large number of web-based clinical trials sites which describe research... Read more »
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HIV resistent people

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
This is a follow up on someone else post. What if there are HIV resistaent people out there. Maybe those symptoms we had was a serosonverion but maybe our body had a little extra oomph and killed it off. You cant tell me the millions of people out... Read more »

My strain of HIV is resistant (not completely)

Posted by PozInOrlando, 2 Replies
I found out my strain of HIV is resistant to one entire class of meds (Can't remember the name of the class, but the Dr explained it was the one where you only take 1 pill a day) I almost wanted to cry knowing I have a resistant form of HIV, I... Read more »

BRoken Angel/HIV resistent people follow up.

Posted by Anonymous
Hi , i poosted about people being HIV resistent, I asked if anyone has heard of this. Im not trying to spread rumours or give out hope. The fact is out of 6 billion people you cant tell me straight in the eye not one person is resistent. I have been... Read more »

HIV resistance outside body

Posted by Anonymous
IS THE HIV VIRUS VERY FRAGILE AND DIES IMMEDIATELY ONCE OUTSIDE THE HUMAN BODY

The truth of the matter is that the HIV virus (the AIDS virus) is one of the hardiest viruses known to mankind. According to a study from the Pasteur Institute in Paris... Read more »