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Hopes for HIV cure depends on draining viral reservoir

By Anette Breindl
Science Editor

Monday, August 18, 2014

Any HIV-infected person has T cells that are infected with the virus but are not dividing. That so-called quiescent state means that they are not actively contributing to disease, because the virus cannot hijack cellular machinery that is not active in the first place. But it also means they are immune to antiretroviral treatment (ART), which only targets actively dividing virus.

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