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HIV research

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) – the etiologic agent of AIDS – is one of the most intensively studied disease organisms in history. Since its first identification in the early 1980s, HIV has transformed into a pandemic, globally infecting more 36 million people and annually contributing to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of patients – particularly in low income countries. This Milestone charts the history of HIV research on an interactive Timeline, from its origins to the latest developments in HIV treatment, vaccines and insights from the study of HIV/AIDS pathogenesis. 

Immunology wars: The battle with HIV

HIV pushes the immune system to its limits. Our body's usual antiviral arsenal is coordinated, in part, by immune cells called Helper T cells. But HIV attacks Helper T cells directly, eventually leading to AIDS. In this animation we show the cellular and molecular mechanisms employed on both sides of the fight, and how antiretroviral drugs can help swing the balance in our favour. 

This animation is editorially independent, and produced with financial support from a third party. About this content.

This Milestone is editorially independent, produced with financial support from a third party. About this content.

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