Recovering From the Ravages of HIV

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Science  04 Jul 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5322, pp. 33
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5322.33

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New anti-HIV treatments are staving off disease and death in thousands of people. But will a patient's immune system actually recover from the ravages of an HIV infection if the virus is kept at bay? On page 112 of this issue, researchers show that even severely compromised immune systems can make a significant recovery after state-of-the-art drug treatment has kept HIV levels suppressed for a year. Yet their work also makes it clear that fully rebuilding an HIV-ravaged immune system is a tall order, especially given the limits of treatments available today.