HIV Longevity Still Fighting…

1Dec/12Off

World AIDS Day 2012

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

Today is World AIDS Day. Please take 60 seconds out of your day to reflect and remember the millions and millions of people affected and infected by this horrible HIV virus.

No one knows the exact count, and we probably never will. But statistics and scientific estimates put the numbers [...]

7Jul/12Off

My Dream is a World Without AIDS

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

My claim to fame is being one of the longest surviving HIV+ people in the universe. This isn't exactly the coolest title to have, but I am proud of the fact that I've made it so far. I attribute much of my success and survivability to [...]

11May/09Off

My Latest CD4 and HIV-1 RNA levels

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

I get routinely tested for CD4 and RNA levels. My latest test revealed a CD4 helper level of 614. This is a very high number and puts me in the arena with "normal" healthy adults. In the past, my levels hung between 200 and 300. I've even dipped well beneath 200 back in the old days... I attribute my fantastic results to my healthy living, strict medicine intake and mental attitude. I'm sure that a combination of these things has made me a stronger and healthier person.

Along with my great CD4 level, my HIV-1 RNA level (viral load) remains undetectable and is below 48, which is the cutoff for detectable levels.

W00t!