A comparison of viral loads between HIV-1-infected elite suppressors and individuals who receive suppressive highly active antiretroviral therapy

Clin Infect Dis. 2008 Jul 1;47(1):102-4. doi: 10.1086/588791.


Elite suppressors are untreated individuals with human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection who maintain viral loads <50 copies/mL. Using a single-copy assay, we show that there is no statistically significant difference between the proportions of elite suppressors and patients receiving suppressive highly active antiretroviral therapy who have viral loads of <1 copy/mL.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Antiretroviral Therapy, Highly Active*
  • HIV Infections / drug therapy
  • HIV Infections / immunology
  • HIV Infections / virology*
  • HIV Long-Term Survivors*
  • HIV-1 / isolation & purification*
  • Humans
  • Viral Load*