Jul 20, 2012
Gene Therapy to block HIV
The other day, I posted about Truvada, which is a drug that blocks HIV from replicating inside an infected T cell. This can help uninfected people reduce their risk to become HIV positive by preventing it from making copies of itself and spreading to other T cells at a very early stage, so that the immune system still has enough cells to combat an attack against HIV, get rid of its sick cells and keep the person HIV free.
Here's an alternative way to stop HIV at yet an earlier step: prevent it from getting inside the host T cell by getting rid of the receptors HIV exploits on those cells. Check it out!
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