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Study Offers Hope For Immune Reconstitution After HIV Infection

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December 18, 1998
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National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases
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A new study offers hope that an HIV-ravaged immune system can rebuild itself after successful treatment with anti-HIV drugs. NIAID-supported researchers have found evidence that although HIV infection may adversely affect the thymus, the gland continues to produce new T cells after the infection is suppressed by intensive anti-HIV therapy.

A new study offers hope that an HIV-ravaged immune system can rebuild itself after successful treatment with anti-HIV drugs. Researchers supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) have found that the thymus gland, which produces the immune system's T cells, appears to remain functional well into adulthood rather than just during infancy and early childhood, as current theory holds. They also found evidence that although HIV infection may adversely affect the thymus, the gland continues to produce new T cells after the infection is suppressed by intensive anti-HIV therapy. A report of their findings is published in the Dec. 17, 1998, issue of Nature.


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National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases. (1998, December 18). Study Offers Hope For Immune Reconstitution After HIV Infection. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 23, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/12/981217095125.htm
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