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The Wistar Institute

Trial Shows Interferon Lowers HIV‑1 Loads, Sustains CD4 Count in Patients

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Caption: Luis Montaner, D.V.M., D.Phil., discusses how the immune system can engage in fighting HIV infection if given the right boost. In a recent study, HIV-infected volunteers suspended their daily antiretroviral therapy to receive weekly doses of interferon‑alpha, an antiviral chemical our bodies produce naturally. The study provides the first clinical evidence for a means of reducing the persistent amount of HIV in patients and the ability to control HIV without continued antiretroviral therapy. Montaner presents his results March 7 at the 2012 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections.

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