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Philadelphia: University Contributes to AIDS Awareness

December 11, 2012

In recognition of HIV/AIDS Awareness Month, researchers from the Drexel University College of Medicine's Division of Infectious Disease and HIV Medicine outlined their HIV/AIDS research and prevention activities. Three HIV research approaches exist: kill HIV-infected cells, "re-educate the immune system," or make cells resist HIV, according to university researchers. The primary research emphasis of the Drexel team is to re-educate the immune system and find a "functional cure," similar to the way the human immune system controls the chicken pox virus, explained Jeffrey M. Jacobson, M.D. To accomplish this "definitive solution," the team is attempting to keep infection from entering cells using antibodies against HIV. The outcome of the research would be vaccines or immune-based therapies that assist the immune system in controlling HIV infections.

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