HIV-positive man turns HIV-negative when ill

The Mirror has reported on a Chinese man who tested HIV-positive in 2004 but negative in 2012 following hospitalisation (presumably as a result of the “strong doses of antiretroviral drugs”).

The man, Shoufa, believed he may have been infected from giving blood in 1992, which is a very unlikely scenario. And if he tested positive twelve years later one would have thought he would have untreatable AIDS at that point.

The story seems to have surfaced this year as an investigation is now underway on both of his blood samples.

How many people are ‘fortunate’ to get another HIV test despite suffering from what could be called AIDS?