In today’ s society it is now possible to live for extended periods of time with an HIV infection. The current standard of treatment is highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART). Patients under this treatment show suppressed levels of virus in the blood but can experience sharp increases in viral replication known as “ blips” that are followed by a return to the normal low level of virus. In an effort to obtain a better understanding of why these blips occurred researchers have tried to model this behavior in an effort to better understand its mechanism. This lecture examines models by Jones and Perelson that examine HIV infection in the presence of HAART treatment and the response of the immune system.
Saydra Wilson, ’08 Florissant, MO
Sponsor: Jeffrey Cardon