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Viral Clearance Gives Hope for HIV Vaccine

By Anette Breindl
Science Editor

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Scientists have reported that monkeys that received a vaccine against simian immunodeficiency virus, the monkey version of HIV, were able to first control and ultimately clear their infections, even after the type of viral reservoir had developed that bedevils the ability of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) to truly get rid of HIV. For a period after vaccinated animals are challenged with virus, “there’s definitely a replication-competent reservoir there,” corresponding author Louis Picker, of Oregon Health Sciences University.

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