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Can immunotherapy cure HIV?

HIV cure researchers and advocates met at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center last week to explore whether immunotherapy — treatments that harness the immune system to fight cancer — could play a role in bringing about a cure or a long-term remission for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

“CAR T cells have the potential to kill HIV-infected cells,” said Fred Hutch virologist and 35-year HIV research veteran Dr. Larry Corey in the keynote address to the third annual Conference on Cell and Gene Therapy for HIV Cure. “Twenty years ago, they were tried for HIV. They didn’t work much, but now we know how to do them better.”

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The conference was organized by VIDD Member Dr. Keith Jerome and CRD Head of the Cell and Gene Therapy Program Dr. Hans-Peter Kiem.