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HIV Treatment and Immunology Research: Current Ideas

By John S. James

August 23, 2004

A recent report on two specialized scientific conferences looks at some of the most important current ideas on developing new kinds of HIV treatments. The conferences took place in April 2004, and the report,1 by immunologist Gareth Hardy, Ph.D., was published in July. I was not at the meetings but noted the following ideas from the writeup, and added my own explanations and comments. Dr. Hardy's article is at


  1. The two conferences were Molecular Mechanisms of HIV Pathogenesis, and HIV Vaccine Development, both organized by Keystone Symposia; they took place April 12-18, 2004 in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. The 5600-word summary by Gareth A. Hardy, Ph.D., of the HIV Immunology Unit, Department of Immunology and Molecular Pathology, Royal Free and University College Medical School, London, was published in HIV Treatment Bulletin, Volume 5 Number 6, July 2004, and is available at

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