A team of international researchers - including scientists from Oxford University - have found that HIV still develops in the body, even when undetected in the blood.
The study challenges previous beliefs about a dormant virus and says it can lay 'undetectable' in patients on potent anti-retroviral drugs and still grows in the lymphoid tissue.
The findings give a new perspective on where and how the virus can be targeted, revealing new avenues for more effective HIV treatment.
Researchers say drugs need to penetrate in areas of the lymphoid tissue to cure HIV.
More than 100,000 people in the UK are now living with HIV. Six thousand new cases were diagnosed last year.
On World AIDS day, Matt Price has been given rare access to a support centre in Bournemouth for people living with the condition. Have attitudes changed?
It's one of the worst scandals in the history of the NHS - claiming nearly 2,000 lives. And victims of the contaminated blood scandal - who were infected during transfusions in the 70s and 80s - say they've been overlooked for compensation yet again. They need money to pay for ongoing treatment - and have spent years fighting for a financial settlement. They say they're furious that their plight wasn't mentioned in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement. Michael Billington reports.
One in four people with HIV don't know they have it and are running the risk of passing the disease on to other people - that's according to a new report.
On 'National HIV Testing Week' figures reveal Brighton continues to have the highest rate of infections in the country, outside London, with numbers way beyond the national average.
Andy Dickenson meets one man diagnosed with HIV who is taking his message into local schools and colleges.
Andy speaks to Carl Churchman and Sue Riley of Positive Voices, and Ben Shelley and Kimberly Kabuchi from Terrence Higgins Trust.
People in their fifties and older are increasingly being diagnosed with HIV.
It can be caught by anyone - regardless of their gender, race or sexuality. And that's very much the message of a new photographic exhibition which is bringing together people who're HIV positive - from all walks of life.
Charlotte Wilkins has been speaking to Photographer Edo Zollo; David Fray and Mandy Webb who are both living with HIV; and Simon Dowe from the Sussex Beacon.
Video. A unique centre in Sussex helping those affected by HIV is celebrating its 21st anniversary. The Sussex Beacon offers both in-patient treatment and respite care. When it opened, deaths from AIDS were at their peak.
Today, improved drug treatments mean HIV sufferers can survive the condition for many years. But they can still experience stigma and discrimination. Malcolm Shaw reports.
Shocking figures have revealed just how many people in the south are living with HIV. While new cases nationally have fallen slightly, here, in some areas, they've hit record levels - with a dramatic rise in the number of hetrosexual people contracting it.
There are nearly 8,000 people with HIV in our region. Brighton and Hove is a hot spot and has the highest rate of HIV outside of London.
In the last ten years there has been a 150% increase in the number of people accessing treatment for HIV in the south. The message from experts is get tested - and that HIV is not a death sentence.
This from Charlotte Wilkins who speaks to HIV patient John Cook, Paula Evenden, from The Sussex Beacon and Ross Boseley from The Terence Higgins Trust.
The number of people living with HIV in the South East has reached an estimated 7,712, according to figures released by the Health Protection Agency (HPA).
3,336 people are accessing HIV treatment - this is a 92% increase since 2002 when there were 1,156 cases.
Of these cases, 30% (1,099 cases) are thought to have acquired their infection from men who have sex with men, whilst 62% (2,231 cases) of cases are likely to have acquired their infection from heterosexual activity.
Professor Jackie Cassell, from the South East HPA said: "These figures are a reminder how vital safe sex programmes remain. We must continue to promote HIV testing and condom use, in order to tackle the high rates of transmission, late diagnosis and undiagnosed HIV still seen in the UK."