Brothers now faces a vexing choice. He has never taken antiretroviral drugs, which suppress HIV, and have prolonged countless lives. But if he does start taking the drugs, his body will stop producing the substance that has long protected him. He knows HIV is inching closer to causing him harm, but he also knows he has an advantage that doctors could harness to help others. His dilemma mirrors a quandary for medicine. Do drugs that control viruses today also disrupt evolutionary processes that could benefit us for generations to come? -That's a fascinating question. I had no idea that a small handful of people were able to be HIV positive but also keep AIDS at bay because they have a substance their body naturally produces.
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