The Ability to Date “Hibernating” Strains of HIV

Dormant strains of HIV can remain in the body for decades and are unreachable by antiretroviral treatments and the immune system. They can reactivate at any time, which is why HIV treatment needs to be maintained for life.

Researchers at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) and their partners have developed a novel way to date these “hibernating” strains, marking a significant advancement in the pursuit of a cure.

This research provides further clues in the pursuit of an HIV cure – which will ultimately require the complete eradication of dormant HIV strains.