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HIV Suppressed Long After Treatment

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Science  26 Sep 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5334, pp. 1927
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5334.1927

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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND-- "Anecdote" is one of the most damning things you can say about a scientific report. Still, some anecdotes are provocative, and one caused a stir when it was related at an AIDS meeting here last week: An HIV-infected German man drove the virus down to an "undetectable" level with drugs, stopped taking the drugs, and yet, 9 months later, has not had the virus return. Researchers wonder whether the particular combination of drugs or something specific to this individual may be responsible for keeping the virus suppressed for so long.