You could be immune to HIV and not even know it!

Many northern Europeans and their decedents are immune to HIV. Up to 13% of people from Northern Europe are immune to HIV, and up to 10% of the population of the United States and Canada are partially immune. The gene is called CCR5, and it inhibits HIV from infecting a person. If you have the […]

Health Sexual Health Bill Coleman, PhD

If you have the CCR5 gene you could be immune to HIV

Many northern Europeans and their decedents are immune to HIV. Up to 13% of people from Northern Europe are immune to HIV, and up to 10% of the population of the United States and Canada are partially immune. The gene is called CCR5, and it inhibits HIV from infecting a person.

If you have the CCR5 gene from both parents, you would be considered immune to HIV. If one of your parents has passed the gene to you, then you would be partially immune, reducing your changes by about 70%.

Being partially immune means that you do not have as many receptors to allow the HIV virus to enter your body, greatly reducing your risk. Should someone who is partially immune become infected, they would be considered a ‘slow progressor’, meaning they would not get sick from HIV for many years.

For someone who is already HIV positive, they may find knowing they are partially immune and would be less likely to experience difficulties as a result of having HIV. Some HIV positive people who are partially immune have worked with their physician to reduce their HIV medication and maintain an undetectable viral load count.

How to get tested for HIV immunity

www.delta-32.com is a website that provides the test kit (a cotton swab), that you move around in your cheek and mail back to the company. They will then conduct a series of tests and send back the results. The cost is $199 CDN in Canada and $199 USD in the United States.

Why get tested?

Some people may change their sexual behaviours and activities if they knew they were immune to HIV. Some people will worry less about sex and HIV if they know they are immune or partially immune. You have to decide if you wish to know if you are immune to HIV, and if it would be helpful for you.

The FDA has recently approved the use of inserting the CCR5 genes into HIV positive patients to explore a cure for HIV.

Nothing is 100%. In 2002 it was found there were rare cases of ‘immune’ persons who seroconverted and became HIV positive. The chances of becoming HIV positive if you are immune to HIV are extremely low but are not impossible.

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3 thoughts on “You could be immune to HIV and not even know it!

  1. Bill Coleman

    Some people from Canada have contacted me and reported that the test is not available in Canada. The website says DOES NOT say you cannot get tested for CCR5 in Canada. The website http://www.delta-32.com says that anyone who orders genetic tests will receive a free home HIV test kit. But there is one NANNY STATE in the world that makes home HIV test kits illegal, that country is CANADA.

    What the website says it that you cannot have a free home HIV test kit, it does not say you can not get genetically tested for CCR5, if you live in Canada you can get tested for the CCR5 gene through the website http://www.delta-32.com.

    Sorry for the confusion.

    Bill

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