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Living with HIV
Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)
The HIV virus does not limit itself exclusively to the CD4 cells in your blood. It is also found in numerous other “reservoirs” or sites in the body. Some of the many “reservoirs” where HIV may lodge and hide out from medications are: lymph nodes (immune intelligence centers of the body – present all over the place), the digestive system (gastrointestinal tract), the brain, the testicles and ovaries etc. In these various sites, HIV goes into a latent phase, or dormant phase where it is not actively reproducing itself. Given that all currently available medications target different phases of the HIV reproduction cycle they are unable to attack virus that is not replicating. Without replication (in a sleeping virus) the medications, regardless of the combinations used are useless in these sites. The presence of reservoirs is what currently makes it impossible to completely eliminate HIV from an infected individual.