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noun, plural: antiretrovirals

A therapeutic agent used to combat retroviral infection.


That treats or used to therapeutically manage retroviral infection.


Antiretrovirals are used to manage or control infections caused by retroviruses, e.g. HIV. Examples of antiretrovirals are the protease inhibitors that inhibit the activity of protease used by the virus in viral assembly, fusion inhibitors that prevent the virus from binding and entering the host cell, and reverse transcriptase inhibitors that inhibit the activity of the enzyme reverse transcriptase.

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Vaccine for HIV

... is one of several strategies to reduce the worldwide harm from AIDS, with other approaches based upon antiviral treatments such as highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) and social approaches such as safe sex prevention and awareness campaigns.

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