How can we use natural defenses to fight HIV?
The human immune system is constantly monitoring whether our cells are healthy. Funded by Manulife.
When it recognizes a cell that is unhealthy, the immune system triggers a series of responses to fight this off. Some people are born with immune cells that cannot properly recognize unhealthy cells. These people have a higher risk of HIV infection and the disease progresses faster when they are living with HIV. In Dr. Grant’s study, he will be looking at a group of people with this particular deficiency that are not living with HIV but do have another viral infection. He is studying how their immune system tries to work around the deficiency to fight off this less severe virus, and how he can apply the body’s natural defense mechanisms to fight HIV.