Certain immune cells appear to control HIV in some infected individuals. Read about David, who was diagnosed with HIV 22 years ago, but has been symptom-free despite never having taken medicine to fight the virus.
A small group of people who are HIV positive remain healthy for long periods of time without medications. These people, known as Long-Term Non-Progressors (also referred to as Elite Controllers), have properties within their immune systems that control the virus. They can help researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, determine how their immune systems control HIV disease. This knowledge is critical for the development of new treatments and vaccines. Find out if you can volunteer for this important research study.
The Long-Term Non-Progressor Study will examine how white blood cells in the immune system control HIV infection. To do this, volunteers will be asked to come to NIH for a screening visit to make sure they are eligible for the study. If they are, study participants will be asked to return to NIH no more frequently than every six months to donate white blood cells through a procedure called leukapheresis. During leukapheresis, some blood containing white blood cells is removed, and the rest of the blood is returned to the body. This process takes about 1 to 1-1/2 hours.
The study is being conducted at the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center (Building 10) at NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. The NIH campus is accessible by car and public transportation. Transportation and other expenses may be covered for eligible participants.
You can participate if you
There is no charge to participate in this research study. All study-related medical care, including clinic visits and procedures, are provided free of charge.
Yes, you will be compensated for your participation in the study. Transportation and other expenses may also be covered.
If you have questions or would like more information, contact Patient Recruitment, NIH Clinical Center.
Toll free: 1-800-411-1222 or 1-866-411-1010Fax: 301-480-9793TTY: 301-594-9774 (local)Write to: Patient Recruitment - Long-Term Non-Progressor Study, Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892-2655
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Last Updated February 15, 2015