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HIV/AIDS

05 November 2010

HIV resistance, protein is key

Tiny variants in a protein could explain how one in 300 HIV-infected people are able to resist the onset of Aids for years without needing any treatment.

Tiny variants in a protein that alerts the body to infection could explain how one in 300 HIV-infected people are able to resist the onset of Aids for years without needing any treatment, researchers said.

For nearly 20 years, doctors have known that a small minority of HIV-infected individuals about one in 300 are naturally able to suppress viral replication with their immune system, keeping viral load at extremely low levels.

 

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