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Drug brings HIV out of hiding

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Exposing the latent virus to the immune system may be first step to an elusive cure.

A study has boosted the prospects of a cure for HIV. For the first time, results have shown that a drug can safely kick-start production of the dormant virus in patients, so that it might be detected and attacked more easily by the immune system.

The finding was announced today at the 19th annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Seattle, Washington. But other studies released at the same event suggest that merely flushing the virus out of hiding is not enough to kill infected cells ā€” and that a cure is some way off.

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