HIV: New Study Reveals HIV Can Stay For Years In Testes
The research was published in Scientific American and conducted by McGill University clinician and researcher Jean-Pierre Routy. Routy and his team examined 100 testicular tissue samples and the data collected show that once HIV finds its way to the testes, it gets the same protection from the immune system as sperm.
What this means is that HIV that has found itself in the testicles could evade antiretroviral treatment, staying present in the body even if the person has been considered undetectable.
A fourth of the samples Routy examined were HIV positive, and he and his team found they all had lingering viral DNA in at least one testicle, even though they were all on treatment and were considered undetectable.
The researchers suggest more research be made as to how the virus finds its way to the testicles; a tough challenge as samples are hard to come by. For the study, Routy and his team had approached transgender women undergoing bottom surgery and who had willingly given their testes to research.
How do you guys feel in this latest development on the study of HIV? For those among you living with the virus, is this a particularly disheartening development? We’d like to hear your thoughts so feel free to share them in the comments below.
Note : Please take note that nothing in the study states anything about transmission risks. A4A still support what the CDC and the CATIE announced a few months ago that undetectable = untransmittable. Please read this article about transmission!