I am on month 6 of the study. I have been injected with a synthetic form of HIV 3 times now. After each time a couple weeks will pass and my blood is drawn, 24 viles, to be study. They are trying to figure out why my body seems to reject HIV. I have had no adverse health because of this study and in two weeks I will have my largest synthetic injection. Yes I get paid a very small amount for the study. I'm not doing this for the money but in hopes of helping others. I drive 2 hrs every 2 to 3 weeks just to be a part of it. in honor of World Aids Day. I thought I would answer more questions. EDIT: OK clear things up. I do believe I may be resistant to the HIV virus. Has it been proven,no. I have had over 2,000 sexual partners while living in SF and 3 HIV positive BF's. Sooo. Who knows. People in the study seem to think that. I engage in Safe sex now. EDIT: adding link to the study http://www.sfisready.org/ EDIT: OMFG Really. OK sorry I started this thread trying to answer questions as best as I understood them and be as honest as possible. Sorry I got some of the scientific shit mixed up. If some of these posts need to be so negative and attack me as a person. Then go get yourself in the damn study and do something to help the world instead of attacking me. But hey fuck it I can take it bring it on

EDIT: Here is a link from a guy in the same study. Maybe some of the questions I have not been able to answer he can http://www.thebodypro.com/content/69932/matthew-rose-confessions-of-an-hiv-vaccine-trial-p.html

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downvotethiscontent2278 karma

If movies are in any way reflective of real life, you are going to become Patient 0 of the Super-AIDS virus. If I had to speculate, one day you'll drive your 2 hours, and get your final injection like normal. Then, some computer will start beeping and buzzing. Cut to a panicked doctor, "Mother of God, his AIDS level is off the charts!" Cut back to you, your nose is bleeding (never, EVER a good sign in any movie, ever), then its a close up on your eyes, they go black. The scene cuts out. You wake up in a forest next to ten naked men. They're all dead, of AIDS. You have no idea how it happened, all of the sudden a phone rings. It's not yours, you answer, they tell you to run. Click. You run and hide, a team of killers rushes in searching for you. You hide, they leave. You call your best friend and ask for help, you tell her to meet you in Paris at the Trocadéro, but you don't show up. You go to Berlin, that's where you stashed the chandelier.

Tehgheyboi1189 karma


downvotethiscontent1635 karma

Also, I appreciate what you are doing for AIDS research.

Tehgheyboi833 karma


bahorek181 karma


Tehgheyboi145 karma

That would be a given

[deleted]905 karma

As someone living with HIV I'd like to say thank you. You're doing a great...and selfless thing.

Tehgheyboi502 karma

Your welcome :)

i_am_the_fish682 karma

"This guy doesn't have AIDS. Let's keep trying to give him AIDS!"

So my question is is there actually any risk of getting HIV from this study?

And what do you mean by "Synthetic HIV"? What the fuck is that? It fakes being HIV in some way?

Tehgheyboi379 karma

I have been told that there is now way to catch the HIV virus. There is no live or dead cells being used. It mimics the exact strand of HIV. I can not take a normal rapid HIV test for 5 years because the sythetic strand will show a false positive on tests. So it's like HIV in my body but without all the bad SHIT.

smellsliketoast356 karma

What's the story behind how you found out your body rejects HIV? Thank you for doing this study.

Tehgheyboi442 karma

I have had 3 HIV positive BF's and never any safe sex. Multiple partners ect. I am 42 and lived my sexual prime durring the first wave of the virus. That could be why. And thank you

JonathanZips665 karma

3 HIV positive BFs and never any safe sex? And now you are intentionally shooting up vials of HIV? Don't take this the wrong way but maybe they should be studying your brain!

Tehgheyboi576 karma

I was young and stupid in the early 90's I know it was wrong. Now I am smart and want to help give something back.

smellsliketoast131 karma

How did you get involved with the study?

Tehgheyboi193 karma

I saw an ad online asking for volunteers

I-hate-reposts78 karma

how much do you get paid?

Tehgheyboi157 karma

a little over $1,000 for 18 months. Which doesn't even cover the gas driving 10 plus miles round trip to do the study.

beerob8183 karma

How in the world do you manage to find 3 boyfriends with HIV, you should play the lottery

Tehgheyboi154 karma

I grew up in SF durring my sexual prime early 90's lots had it

SteampunkGeisha196 karma

As someone who was engaged to a hemophiliac man who struggled with AIDS every day before his passing, thank you for your contribution.

Out of curiosity, have they given you any explanation as to why you seem to be impervious to the virus?

Tehgheyboi128 karma

Nope they have not. they do not want any participants to think they CAN NOT catch HIV. So durring the study they still want y ou to have safe sex. Though when looking for volunteers they obviously screen for those high risk people who have never tested positive

BridgetteBane121 karma

Are you starting to freak out at the tiniest little thing your body does? Like "My poo is unusually soft today. OMG AIDS!" Sorry, trying to keep this on the light side. What you're doing is scary and amazing and heroic.

Tehgheyboi140 karma

LOL only a couple times I have freaked out. But it has been for the exact opposite reasons. Like OMG that cold went away in a day and everyone else had it for two weeks. Or my god three people, including my BF had pink eye and I didnt catch it. LOL sometimes I think my immune system is in overdrive

anotherpinner72 karma

Do you have any other superpowers?

Tehgheyboi142 karma

Umm.... I can place my hand flat on a surface and walk 1 1/2 times around it. Double jointed, does that count?

Swaggin_2362 karma

Was one of your ancestors a survivor of the Black Plague or smallpox? Because the genes you have may be why.

Edit: Because surprisingly less people than I had thought have heard about this, here's where I got this from. Sorry for the ambiguity.



Man who had cancer and aids, and got a bone marrow transplant from a donor who had an ancestor that survived the plague/smallpox and made him resistant to AIDS, thus making the transplantee "cured" of AIDS (also the cancer).


But I initially heard about it in an AIDS cure documentary in school. No idea what it was called.

Tehgheyboi65 karma

yes white with European history

facebutter31 karma

I have been injected with a synthetic form of HIV 3 times now.

In the title you say you've been injected 6 times.

Tehgheyboi47 karma

Sorry for the confusion, it has been 3 total. After completion of the study it will be 6.

TheManslayer30 karma

How close do you think we are in finding a cure?

Tehgheyboi64 karma

I believe a cure is going to be harder to find then a Vaccine. I think we are getting close to a Vaccine and we will see it in our lifetime. Hell one of the pills they give to HIV positive men has already been approved to be taken by negative men to help prevent HIV. we are getting close my friend.

[deleted]36 karma

Correct me if I am wrong but isn't the medication incredibly expensive?

Tehgheyboi32 karma

yes it is