October / November #10 : Pump Up the Volume

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Table of Contents

Fear of Disclosure

The Sum of Its Parts

Marquee Values

It Takes IL-2 To Tango

Relapse: Don't Do It

Sister Soldier

Dancing Around It

Taking Care of Their Own

Tribute

Fighting Blind

Free Load

Hitt and Misses

Post Office Botch

Checking In: Cheating On Your Doctor

Sew We Don’t Forget

Pump Up the Volume

Benefit Short Circuit



Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV


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October / November 1995

Pump Up the Volume

Will a radioisotope revolutionize the way doctors treat HIV?

If ProScan-A works, it could revolutionize the way physicians diagnose HIV disease progression. Based on cancer diagnostic technology, ProScan-A combines a protein that binds to HIV and a nontoxic radioisotope that emits signals detectable with a special camera. After a person with HIV is injected with the radioisotope, it clings to HIV infected cells and the virus itself, and shows physicians the volume and concentration of HIV in the body, said company spokesman Joel Sendek. A phase I trial of ProScan-A, the brainchild of Progenics Pharmaceuticals, is underway at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City to determine the procedure’s safety. Eventually, Progenics hopes to develop a database incorporating thousands of different readins that will assist doctors in diagnosing the health of a positive person based on the ProScan-A image, Sendek said.

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