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Dr. Robert Schooley on HIV Eradication

December 1996

At the opening ceremony of the Third Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection last month in Birmingham, England, long-time AIDS researcher and chair of the NIAID's AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG), Dr. Robert ("Chip") Schooley, addressed the question of whether HIV could be eradicated from an HIV-infected individual with the currently available drugs:

"No. Even a plasma viral load less than 20 copies/ml is unlikely to shut down viral replication in every [anatomical] site or in every cell type. Many of these things we simply cannot yet measure."

RS 11/03/96