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Offline Brian360

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John Hopkins Research
« on: January 26, 2007, 07:41:04 PM »
I was told by my doctor at the VA Center I go to that a John Hopkins University Research report says that you can have non-detectable HIV for up to 10 years before it is finally detected and they (doctors) use this 10 year scale to orientate themselves as a "flow chart" of what the virus can do during its longevity and what the doctors should do along this time track.

So instead of thinking I became infected in 2004, I actually could have become infected in 1994.

I understand that sometimes to help you realize where you're going you have to examine the past, but I hope that amount of hours consumed on research for a vaccine far outweighed the hours spent finding out that basically you can have no clue as to when you became infected.

Brian
« Last Edit: January 26, 2007, 08:02:49 PM by Brian360 »
July06: Tcells 0, VL >+750,000
Aug06: TCells 22, VL 214,000
Sep06: TCells 32, VL 34,500
Oct06: TCells 92, VL 9,560
Dec06: Tcells 27, VL 25,000
Jan07: Tcells 43, VL - un-detect
Jan10: TCells 111 - popped to 160 fall 09, VL  undectable since Oct. 07

Offline Boston

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Re: John Hopkins Research
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2007, 08:44:42 PM »
There are people in these forums who know a lot more than I do.  While it may be possible that some people who are positive have "undetectable" virus levels for an extended period of time, I do not believe it is true that a person can be positive for 10 years without the presence of the virus being detected.

Offline manchesteruk

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Re: John Hopkins Research
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2007, 05:55:02 AM »
I do not believe it is true that a person can be positive for 10 years without the presence of the virus being detected.

It certainly is true! there are people on this forum closing on on 20 years of being positive without ever having a detectable viral load.  They are called Long term non progressors there is a clinical study of these people going on in the US at the moment here is a thread all about it:

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=411.0
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Offline bear60

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Re: John Hopkins Research
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2007, 06:54:41 PM »
But.....we (LTNP's) still TEST HIV POSITIVE because our bodies have made antibodies for the HIV and that shows up on a test.  You cannot be HIV positive for 10 years and never test positive.  Yes...undectable viral load is possible.
Modified to add: Yes it seems that there is an exception to every rule. Read this thread: http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=1853.0
« Last Edit: January 29, 2007, 02:42:16 PM by bear60 »
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Offline Brian360

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Re: John Hopkins Research
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2007, 10:41:22 PM »
I go into visit my doctor in a couple of days...I'll see if I can get the name of the report from her so individual research for it won't be as grueling.
July06: Tcells 0, VL >+750,000
Aug06: TCells 22, VL 214,000
Sep06: TCells 32, VL 34,500
Oct06: TCells 92, VL 9,560
Dec06: Tcells 27, VL 25,000
Jan07: Tcells 43, VL - un-detect
Jan10: TCells 111 - popped to 160 fall 09, VL  undectable since Oct. 07

 


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