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We now know how much our genes influence the risk of contracting HIV

Health 24 February 2020 By Clare Wilson An HIV-infected cellSTEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/AlamyYou might think a person’s risk of catching HIV is solely governed by behavioural choices, such as using condoms, and whether someone is exposed to the virus. But genetics also play a role and may account for up to 42 per cent of…



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24 February 2020

By Clare Wilson

An HIV-infected cell

An HIV-infected cell

STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Alamy

You might think a person’s risk of catching HIV is solely governed by behavioural choices, such as using condoms, and whether someone is exposed to the virus. But genetics also play a role and may account for up to 42 per cent of the variation in people’s likelihood of acquiring this infection.

The genes involved seem to work at least in part by affecting our immune system. These findings could help us develop new treatments or vaccines against HIV, says Timothy Powell at King’s College London.

Powell’s team were interested in the …

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