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Underreported: New Hopes for Treating HIV/AIDS

Thursday, October 18, 2007

New hopes for treating HIV/AIDS lie in part with a group of people called "elite controllers," patients who have been infected with HIV for as many as 30 years -- without ever getting sick or needing medication. These patients are relatively rare, but researchers are trying to find out what makes their immune systems unique in the hopes that it could be applied to all patients, and maybe even a vaccine. On today’s Underreported, Leonard speaks with Dr. Bruce Walker, Director of the Partners AIDS Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and head of a new multimillion dollar study of these elite controllers.

To find out more about the HIV Elite Controllers study at Mass General, go here

Guests:

Dr. Bruce Walker

Comments [1]

Loreen Willenberg from Lake Elsinore, California

Dear Mr. Lopate,

Thank you for conducting this informative interview with Dr. Walker about this fascinating research study. It's a story that deserves far more attention than it gets, as this research could herald a major breakthrough in the mystery of HIV/AIDS.

And, as a participant in the study, it is my sincere hope that more eligible individuals can be found to quicken the pace of discovery.

My best,

Loreen Willenberg

Oct. 19 2007 01:05 AM

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