By Dennis Thompson
WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Researchers are closing in on another immune system “hideout” that HIV uses to persist in the human body for years.
A subset of white blood cells called myeloid cells can harbor HIV in people who’ve been virally suppressed for years, according to a new small-scale study funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The researchers showed that HIV in specific myeloid cells can be reactivated, with the virus going on to infect new cells. These specific cells include short-lived monocytes and longer-lived monocyte-derived macrophages.
The results suggest that myeloid cells contribute…