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Lowering Aids Levels Extends Lives, Studies Say

New studies have shown for the first time a relationship between lower levels of AIDS virus in an infected patient’s bloodstream and a longer, better life for the patient, according to information released Wednesday by a pharmaceutical company sponsoring the research.

A preliminary analysis of the findings of a series of studies examining a new class of anti-AIDS drugs has shown that patients whose viral levels declined appeared to live longer, and were less likely to suffer the onset of AIDS-related illnesses, according to Pharmacia & Upjohn Inc.

The company said many patients sustained a viral drop of at least 68 percent, and reduced by half their chances of rapid progression to full-blown AIDS, or death.

“The data looked very convincing, no question about that,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, one of the nation’s leading AIDS researchers.


 
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