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Incredible if true: HIV positive man cures self

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The man who may hold the key to a cure for Aids was urged by doctors last night to come forward for the sake of millions of virus carriers worldwide.

The case of Andrew Stimpson, 25, who was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 2002 but found to be clear of the virus in 2003, has stunned the medical world. If doctors can establish why this happened, without treatment, it could benefit the 34.9 million virus carriers worldwide.

Might just be a fluke, but who knows, there might be something more to it. Goodnight everyone!:bouncy:
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It is more likely that he was mis diagnosed (false positive) to begin with, than that he actually eradicated the virus in his system.

There have been numerous cases of LTNP's (long term non progressors) in caucasian men of european descent, whom carry the virus for years and years with no progression, but Ive never heard of any real case where someone has it and then suddenly doesnt.

More-over, it seems quite the opposite is happening. Recently they discovered a super-strain in the northeast which actually caused a person to go from infection to full blown AIDS in an extremely short time. I havent heard more about it but it was pretty scary stuff.
RobertCTS said:
Has anyone ran this thru any of the Myth Busters yet?:hmm:
Elvis said:
I'm not sure it's possible to eradicate a virus from your system once you get it. If I'm not mistaken, once you get the flu, you always have that virus in your body, but your immune system knows how to keep it in check so there's no problem.
Probably a false positive. I remember that there was a lot of that going on in the 80's and early 90's.
I think youre right about the virus thing.

The ELISA Blot tests (Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay) have become extremely sensitive in the past few years. I believe we are on about the fourth generation or later at this point. This is good in the sense that the chance of it NOT being picked up after approximately 90 days post infection are just about zero, BUT it can lead to false positives because of the tests extremely high sensitivity.

This is also why DNA PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests, while more able to detect tiny amounts of viral infection sooner, are not the gold standard. They are simply too prone to false positives, and thus are always confirmed with an ELISA test if a positive result is given.
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