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Loreen Willenberg

Loreen Willenberg, a resident of California, has survived HIV infection since 1992. She is part of a tiny group of people with HIV that scientists call "elite controllers." What is an elite controller? It's someone with HIV who has never had a detectable viral load, although they have never taken HIV meds. She also has an astonishingly high CD4 count and has never experienced any adverse health effects from HIV. Loreen considers it her responsibility as an elite controller to help other people with HIV, which is why she's currently participating in three clinical studies in which researchers are trying to understand how people like Loreen actually control the virus. In fact, she's created a new organization for people like her called the Zephyr Foundation.

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The Alphabet Soup of Immune Control: ADCC Antibodies, (Memory) B-Cells, Elite Controllers and Exposed Sero-Negatives -- Will They Amount to Z? A Blog Entry by Loreen Willenberg

This blog entry is the fourth in a series of reports on a few of the scientific abstracts submitted for presentation on the subject of "HIV Controllers (HCs)" and "Long Term Nonprogressors (LTNPs) -- a small minority of HIV-positive people who contro...

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Natural Killer Cells Are Prominent Factors in Control of HIV: A Blog Entry by Loreen Willenberg

This blog entry is the third in a series of reports on a few of the scientific abstracts submitted for presentation on the subject of "HIV Controllers (HCs)" and "Long Term Nonprogressors (LTNPs) -- a small minority of HIV-positive people who control...

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Protective Genes Play Crucial Role in Defense Against HIV: A Blog Entry by Loreen Willenberg

This blog entry is the second in a series of reports on a few of the scientific abstracts submitted on the subject of "HIV Controllers (HCs)" and "Long Term Nonprogressors (LTNPs) -- a small minority of HIV-positive people who control the virus in as...

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Special Protein Contributes to Control of HIV Infection in Elite Controllers -- A Blog Entry by Loreen Willenberg

As many of you may know, I am a publicly visible member of a small minority of HIV-positive people who control the virus in as-of-yet unexplained ways; we are called "HIV controllers" (HCs) and/or "long-term nonprogressors" (LTNPs). In addition to pa...

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