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HIV VIRUS AND INFECTION I am now going to explain to you how the HIV virus infects its target and how the immune system responds to it. You have seen that the immune system is perfectly able respond to an HIV infection. The main question is how occurs the break down of the immune system responsible for AIDS. THERAPEUTICS AGAINST HIV INFECTION I now would like to conclude by giving you some information on how an HIV infection can be treated. There is a major consensus agreement among the scientific community. So far it is not possible to cure AIDS. The ideal cure would consist in the elimination of every single infected T Helpers cells. But because it is not possible to detect the virus in its provirus form when it is integrated to its host genome (when the virus is in its latent
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Unformatted text preview: form), it is not possible to act at this stage of infection. The alternative is to decease the level of free circulating virus into the blood by acting at different level in the life cycle of the virus. The idea being to prolong the asymptomatic phase of the HIV infection. To prolong the low level of viremia. As we have already seen earlier, the less virus is presented to the immune system and the less the immune system is recquired to fight back. At the extreme case the prolongation of the asymptomatic phase could last for the entire life of an infected person. It would be like a chronic disease, something that we have to control but something that we can not cure....
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2011 for the course BIOLOGY MCB2010 taught by Professor Jessicadigirolamo during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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