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Elite Controllers of HIV


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Globally 33 million people have HIV, researchers suspect that 1 in 300 people are probably “elite controllers.” One of the earliest known cases in the United States of an “elite controller” is a man named Rod Fichter who was first diagnosed in 1986 but has been living symptom free for over 20 years. Both he and a friend tested positive, however his friend succumbed to complications from the disease shortly thereafter. Much to Rod’s surprise not only did he survive, he never developed any symptoms and remained healthy without ever taking medication.

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