How the border guards fail in HIV infection

Abnormal antibody levels in intestine may promote inflammation in people with HIV-1

The barrier between the gut and the bloodstream is severely damaged in the first few weeks of infection by HIV-1 virus. This can allow whole microbes in the intestine, as well as tiny pieces of bacteria, to enter the blood and provoke the inflammation that can lead to AIDS—even when replication of the virus is controlled by drug therapy. Read more 

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