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Infected: How HIV works at the cellular level to overwhelm the immune system

By Shane Huntington

Infectious diseases expert Prof Sharon Lewin explains how the HIV virus disarms our immune system and multiplies within it. She also discusses what these discoveries mean for research efforts into future treatment.

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I’m Dr Shane Huntington. Thanks for joining us. HIV or human immunodeficiency virus was for decades considered deadly regardless of where you lived or who you were. Despite the virus' complexity and initially limited research funding researchers have made extraordinary progress with finding treatments. Today, if you are fortunate enough to live in one of the world's wealthier countries, HIV can be kept in check indefinitely enabling healthy normal lives. The situation in less developed economies is very different. HIV is far from being under control and our ability to halt the spread and impact of the virus is limited by the usual political, social and financial restrictions that keep many populations in a state of poverty. Prevention and treatment are effective mechanisms in the developed world, but in developing countries finding a cure is paramount. Today on Up Close we ask why HIV is so much more difficult to stop than other viruses and we explore the possible pathways to finding an actual cure. We are joined by infectious disease physician Professor Sharon Lewin who has been on the frontline in the fight against HIV for decades. Professor Lewin is the Inaugural Director...

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