Inactivated virus shows promise against HIV

Inactivated virus shows promise against HIV

Some patients' immune systems respond to experimental vaccine therapy

By Nathan Seppa, 18:12 PM January 3, 2013

Patients with HIV who get vaccinated with a disabled version of the virus can, in many cases, fight the real one to a draw.  A new study shows that injecting heat-inactivated HIV can awaken immune protection in some patients, limiting their need for drugs for weeks or months. While the effects appear temporary, the approach might eventually lead to a way to control HIV over the long-term.

The immune system is understaffed in the fight against HIV, largely because the virus targets the very ...

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