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Jan Andersson

Professor/senior physician

About me

Professor of Infectious Diseases at the Department of Medicine, Huddinge since 1998.

Research description

Since 1981, when the first cases of AIDS appeared in the USA, 60 million people have been infected with HIV worldwide, and a total of 25 million people have died of AIDS.

Today, the disease is most widespread in Sub-Saharan Africa. Heterosexual transmission is now predominant, and young women are being hit particularly hard.

Disease-modifying drugs have been developed, and although these do not yet offer a cure, they can radically prolong the life of those affected. About 1 in 300 of those infected are able to keep their HIV infection under control, and understanding how their immunity works can form the basis of a future vaccine and attempts at a cure with immunity-boosting biological treatments.