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How Long Can Hiv Hide

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Study Finds HIV "Hides From Drugs for Years"

A study of 40 patients on long-term standard HIV therapy found low levels of dormant virus, confirming that patients must take HIV drugs indefinitely and suggesting that any breaks run the risk of reviving the infection. Dr. Sarah Palmer of the US... Read more »
<i>The Journal of Infectious Diseases</i>

Resistant HIV Quickly Hides in Infants' Cells

New evidence shows that drug-resistant virus passed from mother-to-child can quickly establish itself in infants' CD4+ T cells where it can hide for years, likely limiting their options for future treatment. The study is published in the May 15... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Researchers: AIDS Virus Can Hide in Bone Marrow

HIV can avoid the effects of antiretroviral therapy by hiding in long-living bone marrow cells, reawakening later to continue the cycle of infection, scientists reported on Sunday. The virus is dormant in bone marrow cells, forming a reservoir of... Read more »
Ask the Experts

hiding places

dear dr holodniy, if the meds of today can get to the hiding places where hiv hides,can the hiv be cured? also are they working on meds that can reach that far in the inner parts of the body? about how long do you think this wiil take in the future? ...
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
I hesitate to use the word cure. Yes, they are working on meds that can get rid of virus in different compartments.... Read more »

buttocks augmentation surgery to hide effects of lypodistrophy

I'm 54 years old, HIV+ for 20 years, in good health. High T cells and viral load undetectable thanks to a myriad of HAART combinations and very caring physicians. Yet, about four years ago I started to lose body mass in my forearms, legs and,...
Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
This is a common amd distressing manifestation of lipoatrophy.I have no personal experience of this surgery but buttock augmentation is now a well recognised plastic surgical technique.Before leaping into though you may talk to your doctor about a... Read more »

hiding places

dear dr boyle.i went to my dr for my three month check up. the results were great. my viral load on viracept and combivar was once again triglccerides were 397 the last time i seen him. but this time they were 197.i really haven,t changed my...
Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Response from Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Cornell University, Weill Medical College
Triglycerides can vary a bit, especially if one is fasting and the other is nonfasting. Regardless, there is no doubt that mysterious things do occur that medicine has no explanation for and yours is as good as any. As far as the current medications... Read more »

can HIV hide in your body for 10years

hi dr i was expose to hiv by my partner who never told me his status,i find out accidentally through his nurse.for the pass 12 month my hiv test has been negative. but i keep reading about story of the virus been hidden in your body for 10years....
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
The virus can 'hide' in cells in the body and that is what makes HIV hard to cure. BUT, the antibodies the body makes once HIV infection occurs does not hide and most who are HIV+ also have virus circulating in the blood. So, do not... Read more »
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Hiding behind HIV

Posted by Magnet, 4 Replies
I write this question in the hope of gaining insight from both HIV positive gay men as well negative men in "magnetic partnerships".

I only now discovered this term "magnetic", as it relates to my life! It can no longer be a twist of fate that my... Read more »

Hiding from HIV

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I have been hiding, refusing, putting off taking an HIV test for 7 years and I have been lurking around here and posting anonymously for almost 2 years. I have no idea how to get myself to get tested...and yes I have numero uno risk factor so I am... Read more »

Hiv hiding out?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Can HIV hide out in the lymph nodes right after infection making a PCR negative? Also, has anyone heard of anyone turning positive after a negative 4 month pcr and what were the circumstances? Read more »