Tulane primate center gets $4.2M to study HIV treatment

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NEW ORLEANS — Tulane University says its National Primate Research Center has a $4.2 million federal grant to study a potential cure for HIV patients who now must take antiviral drugs for the rest of their lives.

Those drugs keep the virus down to levels that current blood tests cannot find.

Lead investigator Huanbin Xu says in a news release that he’ll test a combination of drugs to “wake up” the virus and get the immune system to attack infected cells, then see if a new class of drugs kills the virus.

His team also will test delivery targeted to each animal’s immune system.

The news release doesn’t say whether monkeys or apes will be used.

The money comes from the National Institutes of Health.

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