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Gut bacteria may boost HIV-related inflammation, lead to chronic diseases, say UCSF researchers
San Francisco Business Times

Morphing gut bacteria in HIV patients may trigger ongoing inflammation, even in people successfully treated for the AIDS virus, causing patients to die years earlier than uninfected people from common chronic diseases like heart disease, dementia and obesity. In a paper published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine, senior author Dr. Joseph “Mike” McCune and other researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, said that changes in bacteria in human microbiomes may perpetuate inflammation initially triggered by the body’s immune response to HIV.