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Immunotherapeutic Restoration In HIV-infected Individuals

June Myung Kim, Sang Hoon Han

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While the development of combined active antiretroviral therapy (cART) has dramatically improved life expectancies and quality of life in HIV-infected individuals, long-term clinical problems, such as metabolic complications, remain important constraints of life-long cART. Complete immune restoration using only cART is normally unattainable even in cases of sufficient plasma viral suppression. The need for immunologic adjuncts that complement cART remains, because while cART alone may result in the complete recovery of peripheral net CD4+ T lymphocytes, it may not affect the reservoir of HIV-infected cells. Here, we review current immunotherapies for HIV infection, with a particular emphasis on recent advances in cytokine therapies, therapeutic immunization, monoclonal antibodies, immune-modulating drugs, nanotechnology-based approaches and radioimmunotherapy.