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Curing HIV gets tougher

BALTIMORE -- More than 34 million people in the world, including 1.2 million in the U.S., are living with HIV. After more than 30 years of study and research, scientists appear to be no closer to a cure despite numerous promising developments.

New research from Johns Hopkins tosses a wet blanket on hopes that a "shock and kill" cure strategy will work, according to a report published last week by the journal Cell online.

Ya-Chi Ho, M.D., Ph.D., lead study investigator and Johns Hopkins postdoctoral fellow, said the report may be discouraging but will energize HIV experts to refine and improve methods for detecting proviruses capable of reactivation.

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