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HIV can be stored in certain human cells and remain active there

The disease cannot be cured, as the HIV remains in the patients’ body, although inactive.

It is known that AIDS can be treated with new antiretroviral drugs, converting it from a fatal disease to a chronic one. However, the disease is not completely cured, although it is not known for certain why. In relation to this, on 12 January 2014, a group of American researchers published their findings (Nature Medicine, DOI: 10.1038/nm.3445) showing that the virus can hide in cells of the immune system, CD4+T cells, which can be used as reservoirs to keep these cells functioning for a long time, but dormant. Hence the disease cannot be completely cured, as the HIV remains in the patients’ body, although inactive.

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