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July 27, 2010

The Cure Blog: An AIDS Patient Quits his Drugs

The Cure Blog: "This patient with an incredibly tiny viral load stopped taking his AIDS drugs. And stayed near HIV-free for 50 days. And then the HIV-infected cells, which still existed in small numbers somewhere in his body, started to divide. The amount of HIV in his body started to increase. He had to start his AIDS drugs again. ...

"Yet this will be the acid test that will determine whether any patient is cured. This was the test that the Berlin Patient passed (see a previous post; we will also discuss the case of the Berlin Patient again in the future). Either the patient must be taken off his or her drugs, or researchers must develop a clinical marker that shows whether or not the patient's body is HIV-free or is controlling the virus without actually having to risk stopping the drugs."