Ladybug, read your post about how you feel better with AZT after 18 yrs cfs--- curious, remind me, didnt you initially test negative for xmrv? did you eventually test positive or just try the azt anyway? how did you get the AZT? I had read that its a rough drug, that at first dose was too high for aids patients and azt killed more of 'em than the virus did?? but my other questions around symptoms------I do not know if I believe that a virus or something else is the root of my problem, really confused, my thoughts change on this. I had recurring mono or something like it from ages 16-21ish then nothing that obvious since (50 now) now I am in phase last 9 years where rarely get really sick with flu type stuff anymore, immune system probably in hyperdrive, i am not a coughing runny nose infected seeming person. that doesnt mean I couldnt have an entero or retro virus of course, but i am curious ladybug, does your cfs manifest in such a way that you seem obviously "sickly"? i dont think even my sed rates and stuff like that ever seem weird to mainstream docs and i dont appear sick, it could be spinal and mitochondrial or porphria type stuff in my case, but as Cheney theorized, that could all be made worse cus of post-viral stuff. Just wondering though if the xmrv folks seem more obviously traditonally contagiously sickly or not?