Apologies everyone - a bit of a tangent but still related to the IACFS newsletter. I myself was very pleased to read that some XMRV+ people can and do get full remission periods. This is something i have experienced myself with my ME/CFS and i wondered if that would exclude me from being infected with XMRV. I also often wonder if im lucky to get remissions purely because i had my tonsils removed post-infection. The ENT surgeon i saw for my tonsillectomy said at the time that infections like EBV for example can pool in the tonsils and mar a patient's full recovery as the tonsils act as a holding reserviour but they often periodically leak a little of the virus back into the blood stream. Im also lucky i think that i dont experience much discomfort from sore throats with my ME/CFS. Infact the first warning of an impending flare that i get is when the glands under my jaw swell up, whilst many others seem to get severely sore throats first up. I expect that this is definitely because i no longer have tonsils. One more point i wanted to make was that im sure it has been said before (possibly by Judy M?) that XMRV may well turn out to only be transmissible in saliva during the acute infection stage.