SHM’s staff give presentations on several occasions throughout the year with findings from research and papers presented at conferences worldwide. Below you can find an overview of the presentations in 2005.
Transient episodes of low level viremia ("blip") in patients with suppressed viral replication during HAART are believed to be a result of HIV release from latent reservoirs in combination with ongoing low level productive infection. The clinical importance of blips remains unclear. Rates of viral blips within our cohort of patients treated with HAART varied strongly, depending on the definitions used. In this study, we found that patients who experienced low level transient viremia ("blips") had a similar clinical outcome after three years of HAART as patients who maintained HIV-RNA levels <50 copies/ml continuously.