My one concern is that you have already been through three months of treatment, would the virus still show up?
What 'treatment' is there for XMRV though Mike?
It's a new human infection according to Judy Mikovits.
No drugs exist to treat this virus that are established/ proven in any scientific study against XMRV in humans with the diagnosis of ME/CFS or XAND. So there is no treatment, as no study has taken place, or been completed.
Reporting one recovers from ME/CFS, without evidence of XMRV, means nothing. ME/CFS means nothing. It means no one knows why patients are sick - so the reason to have ME/CFS, can be anything. That includes me.
I could claim to be on deaths door, recover and say I did this from anything from Psychology to Valtrex or finding my religion. It means nothing to recover unless I can show the reason I was ill, on a clinical basis. Maybe it was infection, deficiencies, allergies. Would that qualify for saying one recovers from ME/CFS - then sure. ME/CFS is anything.
That 'aint a retrovirus though, and that's critical when discussing XMRV.
Which is my point here, that XMRV is incurable as we don't know what it is, what it does. What we do know, is that is replicated in your DNA, and you become part of it, and it becomes part of you - literally. Historically, no retrovirus has ever been removed from the human body, only controlled with powerful medications dispensed by chemists.
If we're debating XMRV here, we have to stick to XMRV infected people and not a diagnosis of ME/CFS, as that diagnosis requires no evidence of infection, or infection with a retrovirus.
If XMRV is in your DNA, it's in there and a clinically validated test will pick it up. That may take another year or longer to perfect. Hence we need the VIPdx/WPI tests and need to get treated by Immunologists and qualified doctors who specialise in this area of health care.
No one has ever recovered (eradicated the XMRV from their blood and organs) from proven XMRV infection found on this new assay. It's only come out at research level since October 2009.
XMRV cells may well infect heart/brain and other organs in humans. Until autopsies are done no one knows.
If I'm wrong and XMRV patients are being 'treated' with a new 'treatment' in a secret Area-51 drugs trial that Dr Judy and Dr Peterson are unaware of, that clinically proves that XMRV is eradicated from the blood, or lower levels are found (if so by what method are they measured?) - then fine, that's great news for patients.
However, I'm yet to read one word of this on this excellent forum, and from people like Andrea Whittemore who's mother co-founded the only centre/clinic in the world for neuro immune disease - now associated with XMRV.
I'd love to hear of clinical trials that have been done on people with XMRV - that are so effective, they may not now test positive for XMRV.
That would be a scientific way to assess that someone may not test positive for XRMV when having the test - whilst being 'treated'.