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Structure Of Viral Genome In Hiv

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

UNC Researchers Decode Structure of an Entire HIV Genome

The structure of an entire HIV genome has been decoded for the first time by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The results have widespread implications for understanding the strategies that viruses, like the one that... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Researchers Decode HIV Genome

"Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have decoded the entire HIV genome, opening the door to understanding how viruses infect humans -- knowledge that could lead to new antiviral drugs," the Triangle Business Journal ... Read more »
American Society for Microbiology

Elite Controllers Block Integration of HIV DNA Into Host Genome

Alone among those infected with HIV-1, so-called elite controllers spontaneously maintain undetectable levels of viral replication even absent the benefit of anti-retroviral therapy. Now Mathias Lichterfeld of the Massachusetts General Hospital,... Read more »
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Viral structure

What is the structure of the HIV virus and how does it work within the body?...
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
The question is too complex to completely answer on this forum. A brief answer to your question is that it is a RNA retrovirus which contains the enzymes necessary to reproduce in human cells and has a glycoprotein outer covering. The virus enters... Read more »

Thinking of taking a structured treatment interruption (STI) and looking for advice

I tested HIV+ in the spring of 2009, approximately 6 months after seroconverting. At the time, I was afraid and felt isolated living in a rural state, so I decided to go on meds early rather than wait. With a viral load of 8,000 and a CD4 count...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting.First off, I don't agree with the assessment that you started medications too early. Current 2012 US <a href=""... Read more »

re structured break

I am confused now. Everything I've read in the forums suggest that drug holidays are a bad idea. How is this case different? How long would someone expect to stay off drugs? Is a drug holiday OK as long as your CD4 counts stay in the thousands?...
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
The question is difficult to answer because the consequences of interrupting HIV treatment are potentially quite different for someone with a 100 CD4 cell count and multidrug resistant HIV versus someone with a 700 CD4 cell count who started with a... Read more »

Structured Treatment Interruption for post-Lymphoma patient?

In 1998 I was diagnosed with a Stage I Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. I underwent 4 cycles of CHOP, followed by 20 radiation treatments. I've been in remission ever since. I have had no other opportunistic infections. My Viral Load is about 40, and...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
You are asking an excellent and difficult question. Although I will answer it, I need you to understand that there is NO data on which to base my answer. I'm just telling you what I would recommend were you to be my patient.Your HIV... Read more »
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Vaginal Fluids + Viral Load

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
How does this actually work?
If a man has unprotected vaginal sex with an HIV+ women, what are his chances of getting the virus? Do a women's vaginal fluids have to contain a certain amount of the virus, even if some does get into the tip of the... Read more »

Cat Scratch and Undetectable Viral Load

Posted by qqq1, 1 Reply
I recently had an encounter with a guy where pre cum got on my hand and shirt. I found out that he is hiv positive with an undetectable viral load, so he claims. After the incident I believe I washed my hands, but precum was still on my shirt and... Read more »

33rd day elisa,cd4 count, and Viral load accurate?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hey all. Im the "oral DOES =HIV" guy. Well it looks like gmanbill and deb tex are right on. just one question. I went to the doctor and told him my symptoms. He checked me out from head to toe. He was just as concerned as I was, as I had swollen... Read more »

please answer Acute Viral Syndrom question

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
ok, my reasonably high risk encounter (unprotected vaginal intercourse, and i'm male) happend i believe almost a year or longer ago. and actually the encounter that i believe was a higher risk happened almost 2 years ago (or more). now here's my... Read more »