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How an HIV Vaccine Could Be the Cure

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Researchers at Johns Hopkins have found that a vaccine could work in conjunction with antiretroviral medications to eliminate HIV from patients' bodies. The virus enters a dormant or 'latent' state with antiretroviral treatment but quickly reactivates when the treatments are stopped. In a recent experiment, Dr. Robert F. Siliciano of Johns Hopkins found that a vaccine which boosts the immune response of host T-cells just before antiretroviral treatments are stopped helps the body to eliminate HIV once it becomes reactivated.

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