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Dormant HIV Resides in Much Greater Numbers Than Previously Indicated

New research shows that “The reservoir of inactive HIV in the body of infected individuals may be up to 60 times larger than scientists anticipated,” according to Time. Antiretroviral drugs successfully target actively dividing HIV, but a genome analysis of the non-activated viruses “found that while 88% were defunct and not potentially disease-causing, 12% contained intact genomes that were capable of replicating again … Since 12% of the inactive proviruses might still able to be activated, the researchers estimate that the actual reservoir size of HIV that, while dormant, could cause disease later on might be up to 60 times greater than previous estimates.”

Read it in Time.