HIV Eradication Strategies: Implications for the Central Nervous System

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Purpose of Review: In addition to preventive protocols and antiretroviral therapy, HIV-1 eradication has been considered as an additional strategy to help fight the AIDS epidemic. With the support of multiple funding agencies, research groups worldwide have been developing protocols to achieve either a sterilizing or a functional cure for HIV-infection. Recent Findings: Most of the studies focus on the elimination or suppression of circulating CD4+ T cells, the best characterized HIV-1 latent reservoir. The role of the central nervous system (CNS) as a latent reservoir is still controversial. Although brain macrophages and astrocytes are susceptible to HIV-1 infection, it has not been ascertained whether the CNS carries latent HIV-1 during cART and, if so, whether the virus can be reactivated and spread to other compartments after ART interruption. Summary: Here, we examine the implications of HIV-1 eradication strategies on the CNS, regardless of whether it is a true latent reservoir and, if so, whether it is present in all patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)96-104
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent HIV/AIDS reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 15 2019


  • CNS
  • HIV cure
  • HIV latency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases


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