Washington: Researchers are testing a promising compound that may counteract HIV’s ability to hijack the immune system’s protection mechanism.One of the frustrations for scientists working on HIV/AIDS treatments has been the human immunodeficiency virus’ ability to evade the body’s immune system.Now an Indiana University researcher has discovered a compound that could help put the immune system back in the hunt.It’s not that the human immune system doesn’t recognize HIV. Indeed, an infection causes the body to unleash antibodies that attack the virus, and initially some HIV is destroyed.But HIV is able to quickly defend itself by co-opting a part of the innate human immune system — the immune system people are born with, called the complement.
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