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emeraldize:
There is a current double-blind NIH study for which they are now recruiting the 13th of a total of 18 subjects needed. The purpose of the study is to evalute the effect of leflunomide, an immunomodulatory drug (that can fine tune the immune system), on the life cycle of CD4+ T cells in persons infected with HIV. Leflunomide (also called Arava)is a drug which has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. It works by blocking the cell division of activated T cells. In HIV infection, the HIV virus causes increased activation of T cells. Activated CD4+ Tcells become more easily infected by HIV and die. If an immunomodulatory  drugs such as leflunomide coud be used to block the cell diviion of activated T cells, it could decrease the number of cells that die becuse of continuous division and also decrease the cells in which HIV can reproduce leading to a lower level of HIV virus in the body. This is the basics of the study---of course, there is more text. Here's the criteria: be between ages of 18 and 65; have HIV infection;CD4+ cell count is equal to or higher than 350 and has never been less than 200; viral load greated than or equal to 1,000; you are willing to comply with the study requirements and clinic policies; you have a primary care physician who will take care of you for your HIV infection;you agree to follow strict contraception methods which include two reliable methods of birth control during the study (this applies to both men and women). You will not be allowed to participate if: you are currently on antiretroviral therapy or have received it within 12 weeks of screening for this study; you intend to start therapy with the 57 day study period; you have previously taken leflunomide; you have previoulsy received IL-2;you have received other immunomodulatory agents such as hydroxyurea, mycphenolate, cyclosporeing, rapamycin, anti-HIV vaccines, interleukins other than IL-2, interferons, within 60 days of the study, you have received corticosteoids by mouth or injection within 30 days of study and yes, there's more. I'll stop here and encourage you to contact Mary DeGrezia, R.N. at NIH at 301-496-7040 to discuss. They've had a difficult time recruiting participants as there is a minimum of 5 to a maximum of 7 visits involved. If you think you may be eligible, I hope you'll check into it further. Thank you.  :)Em

Ihavehope:
How is this clinicla trial going?

AustinWesley:

--- Quote from: emeraldize on November 24, 2006, 05:49:25 PM ---There is a current double-blind NIH study for which they are now recruiting the 13th of a total of 18 subjects needed. The purpose of the study is to evalute the effect of leflunomide, an immunomodulatory drug (that can fine tune the immune system), on the life cycle of CD4+ T cells in persons infected with HIV. Leflunomide (also called Arava)is a drug which has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. It works by blocking the cell division of activated T cells. In HIV infection, the HIV virus causes increased activation of T cells. Activated CD4+ Tcells become more easily infected by HIV and die. If an immunomodulatory  drugs such as leflunomide coud be used to block the cell diviion of activated T cells, it could decrease the number of cells that die becuse of continuous division and also decrease the cells in which HIV can reproduce leading to a lower level of HIV virus in the body. This is the basics of the study---of course, there is more text. Here's the criteria: be between ages of 18 and 65; have HIV infection;CD4+ cell count is equal to or higher than 350 and has never been less than 200; viral load greated than or equal to 1,000; you are willing to comply with the study requirements and clinic policies; you have a primary care physician who will take care of you for your HIV infection;you agree to follow strict contraception methods which include two reliable methods of birth control during the study (this applies to both men and women). You will not be allowed to participate if: you are currently on antiretroviral therapy or have received it within 12 weeks of screening for this study; you intend to start therapy with the 57 day study period; you have previously taken leflunomide; you have previoulsy received IL-2;you have received other immunomodulatory agents such as hydroxyurea, mycphenolate, cyclosporeing, rapamycin, anti-HIV vaccines, interleukins other than IL-2, interferons, within 60 days of the study, you have received corticosteoids by mouth or injection within 30 days of study and yes, there's more. I'll stop here and encourage you to contact Mary DeGrezia, R.N. at NIH at 301-496-7040 to discuss. They've had a difficult time recruiting participants as there is a minimum of 5 to a maximum of 7 visits involved. If you think you may be eligible, I hope you'll check into it further. Thank you.  :)Em

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I'm amazed anyone would jump on this study after reading this description.   Damn, don't they get a fruit basket or a toaster or something?   It just doesn't sound too appealing here.   

emeraldize:
Hi Austin
I just finished participating in this trial yesterday. I was on drug as opposed to placebo. All in all, I made seven trips to the NIH for the study. While rather involved, in terms of time, the 72-day study involved taking one pill per day for 30 days and then, because it was drug, taking cholesteramine to remove the drug from the liver. By Thursday I'll know if I'm cleared of it. If you, or anyone who's reading this, believe you may be eligible, I encourage you to inquire. It's what is called " a no benefit to you study."
Em

AustinWesley:
Yeah, I can see that from the original description.   I don't know why anyone would be eager to jump in on something like this for nothing?

I mean if that's your thing I'm not gona attempt to stop ya.   Or I suppose if meds were failing me at some point I'd try this as a last resort.   I guess I'm trying to understand the situation here.   

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