Inactive HIV poses even greater barrier to cure

Guest post by Jessica Shugart

The reservoir of dormant HIV strains lurking within the genomes of infected individuals may pose an even greater obstacle to developing an effective cure for the virus.

Activating immune cells, where the latent forms of the virus hide, forces the strains to turn on and spread to other cells. Doctors can use antiretroviral drugs to kill the reactivated viral strains. But not all forms of the virus turn on when the immune cells go to work.

Scientists thought these still-latent strains were defect...

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