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Hunting for HIV cure in cancer drugs

Antiretroviral drugs are now used during HIV treatment to kill any active virus Antiretroviral drugs are now used during HIV treatment to kill any active virus

HIV experts are joining forces with cancer specialists to look at how the latest developments in cancer research can help find a cure for the virus.

The researchers, meeting at an HIV science conference in Paris, believe that the virus multiplies in a similar way to cancer tumour cells.

They hope this similarity could be the key to finding a way to rid the body of HIV, rather than merely bringing it under control.

However they say that while it is worth exploring the link, a quick result is unlikely because despite the similarities with tumour cells HIV works in a specific way.

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