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The CHAMP Study: Clues to Natural Control of HIV Infection Img

The CHAMP Study: Clues to Natural Control of HIV Infection

Steven Deeks, M.D., and colleagues seek to define the frequency of "post-treatment controllers," who maintain control of HIV growth after discontinuing antiretroviral therapy.

Potential New Targets to Block HIV Latency Img

Potential New Targets to Block HIV Latency

Researchers have demonstrated that HIV latency can be maintained in actively growing cells, a finding that may open new avenues to abolishing latency.

Understanding Exactly How the 'Berlin Patient' Was Cured Img

Understanding Exactly How the 'Berlin Patient' Was Cured

A report on three other cases of HIV-infected individuals receiving stem cell transplants indicates the likely role that CCR5 mutation plays in HIV remission or cure.

Advances in HIV Latency Leading to New Cure Approaches Img

Advances in HIV Latency Leading to New Cure Approaches

Using a test tube model, researchers have been able to link specific non-coding RNAs to a group of proteins involved in establishing HIV latency.

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Using Antibodies to Block Mother-to-Infant Transmission of HIV ... and Develop a Cure?

Antibodies could potentially be a less toxic alternative to ART, if they prove to be effective in preventing early HIV infection in humans. This may be particularly important over the long periods of breastfeeding typical of many cultures.

Attacking HIV in the Gut Img

Attacking HIV in the Gut

It is now apparent that one of the very first immunologic events early after infection is severe depletion in the intestines of certain specialized T cells, Th17 and Th22.

Reducing HIV Viral Reservoirs With Immune-Based Therapy Img

Reducing HIV Viral Reservoirs With Immune-Based Therapy

Most animal and test-tube models for eliminating latent reservoirs of HIV -- the major impediment to an HIV cure -- suggest that simply trying to awaken the latent virus and using standard antiretroviral therapy will not be enough to completely eradi...

Breast Milk Yields Clues to Natural Inhibitors of HIV Img

Breast Milk Yields Clues to Natural Inhibitors of HIV

Most infants breastfed by an HIV-positive woman do not become infected. It has long been known that components of human breast milk from HIV-negative mothers can inhibit the growth of HIV in the test tube, indicating that HIV-specific antibodies in m...

Are Early Immune Defenses Helping HIV Flourish? Img

Are Early Immune Defenses Helping HIV Flourish?

Our immune systems offer a very rapid, non-specific first line of defense against invading viruses. Researchers recently examined the role of one of these early defenses in the control of HIV.

Boosting Killer T Cells to Eliminate HIV Reservoirs Img

Boosting Killer T Cells to Eliminate HIV Reservoirs

Researchers address what might be needed to boost a person’s own immune system to facilitate eradication of HIV reservoirs.