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Hello. My partners and I participated in a lesson plan contest. We are going to talk about AIDS. We need some information about which cells are being attacked first. What are the latest medicines that can help a person resist the virus?



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The cells being attacked by the HIV virus are the helper T lymphocytes. They are involved in insuring that the B lymphocytes, which secrete antibodies, get to the site of invasion efficiently and secrete antibodies. Still the most effective drug seems to be the antiviral compound AZT.

-ProfBill



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