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Author Topic: HIV II and other strains  (Read 2107 times)

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Offline otherplaces

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HIV II and other strains
« on: June 12, 2006, 10:30:38 PM »

This may be a silly inquiry. I've read that HIV II progresses slower. And that some people's HIV mutates itself into a corner making itself weaker. But I've never read any information that actually discusses this with any depth.

Has there ever been any studies done (I would assume it'd have to be in animals) trying to alter the course of person's virus into a milder strain?

If someone has HIV I and then was coinfected with HIV II and if HIV II became dominant would that not be a good thing...if even possible?


Offline HIVworker

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Re: HIV II and other strains
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2006, 12:07:46 AM »
HIV is a chance thing. Would a lesser fire engulf a forest? The weaker fall and the stronger prevail. So it is with HIV. Best chance we have is extinguishing the flames. HAART is a good fire-fighter but we need something to snuff out the smouldering remains. Is that a good analogy?

R

PS. I know, I am gone...
NB. Any advice about HIV is given in addition to your own medical advice and not intended to replace it. You should never make clinical decisions based on what anyone says on the internet but rather check with your ID doctor first. Discussions from the internet are just that - Discussions. They may give you food for thought, but they should not direct you to do anything but fuel discussion.

Offline otherplaces

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Re: HIV II and other strains
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2006, 01:43:43 AM »

Yes, it is a fine analogy. I understand the whole survival of the fittest evolution analogy also. It makes sense. In the end the worst virus replications survive. But I also read that it could mutate itself into being inefficient. Like I said I've seen little that explains this further. I know nobody on here is a scientist, but was wondering if anybody had read anything interesting in this realm.

brian (who maybe sits around and thinks about hiv too much)

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: HIV II and other strains
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2006, 02:12:10 AM »
HIVworker is a scientist.

MtD

Offline otherplaces

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Re: HIV II and other strains
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2006, 03:08:58 AM »

Sorry hivworker. I didn't know u were an actual HIV - WORKER. But I see the 'hiv researcher' now. I'll try and pay more attention.

Geez, there's a billion questions I could ask you. But maybe you could just direct me to a good book on the science of hiv...preferably with no squiggley mean faced cartoons of hiv or smiley faced CD4 cells in it.


Offline HIVworker

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Re: HIV II and other strains
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2006, 07:07:42 AM »
I've spent too much time on here during work time recently because I was at a training conference and I came here during breaks. You can PM me any question or post one here and I can try and answer it and also direct you to good text on the subject. I've not got enough time to be on here other than in the mornings and late evenings due to work, so I can no longer answer during the day.

R
NB. Any advice about HIV is given in addition to your own medical advice and not intended to replace it. You should never make clinical decisions based on what anyone says on the internet but rather check with your ID doctor first. Discussions from the internet are just that - Discussions. They may give you food for thought, but they should not direct you to do anything but fuel discussion.

 


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