Antibodies are an important part of our body’s natural defense against illness and disease. They help our immune system fight off and clear viruses and bacteria that cause infections like the flu, the common cold, chickenpox and more. Now, HIV researchers are testing whether HIV antibodies can be directly given to people who are HIV-negative as a form of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) or HIV prevention.
Although the research on antibodies for HIV prevention, treatment and cure can be confusing, it’s an exciting area of inquiry. Here, you’ll find an easy-to-read primer about HIV prevention with antibodies, and what you can be on the look-out for if new HIV prevention options (hopefully) start moving from the laboratory into the real world.