HIV Evolving into Less Virulent Form

HIV Evolving into Less Virulent Form

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Researchers from Oxford University conducted a recent study of HIV infected patients from Botswana and South Africa which indicated that the virus may be evolving as it adapts to our body’s immune system and antiretroviral therapies.  As the virus continues to try and evade the immune system, it reduces its own ability to replicate and spread throughout the body.  As a result, it may take much longer for HIV infected individuals to develop AIDS as weaker mutated versions of the virus circulate in the body.  However, researchers reiterate that HIV is far from becoming harmless but are cautiously optimistic that antiretroviral therapy against weaker evolutions of the virus can eventually lead to better control of the epidemic.

It’s estimated that over 35 million people are infected with HIV, which attacks the immune system and leaves the body more susceptible to common infections, eventually progressing into AIDS.

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