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AIDS Virus Rebounds When Drugs Withdrawn


United Press International (09/29/99)

Aggressive drug therapy for AIDS, when halted, does not prevent detectable levels of HIV from forming. The virus rebounds quickly when highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) is discontinued, and in a study by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, all the patients had the virus rebound. The virus reappeared in three to five weeks for the majority of the subjects. However, the virus can be reduced by again starting the HAART regimen. Another study by Dr. Martin Markowitz of the Aaron Diamond Institution tested four recently infected patients who went off anti-AIDS medication after three years of therapy. The virus again reappeared in the patients after 14 to 26 days without treatment. Fauci is now working on therapy that can be intermittent.


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