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Researchers identify how gum disease awakens dormant T-cells and HIV viruses.

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University have discovered that byproducts of bacteria in gum disease, called metabolic small chain fatty acid (SCFA), can work together to wake up HIV in dormant T-cells and cause the virus to replicate.  Their findings help explain why people with the HIV -infections and periodontal disease have higher levels of the virus in their saliva

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