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How does lopinavir and ritonavir (LPV/r) treat HIV/AIDS?

Lopinavir-ritonavir (LPV/r) is a protease inhibitor which helps prevent the HIV from replicating inside your body. HIV replicates using your body's own cells to make new DNA. The new viral DNA reprograms the cell to make HIV. In this process, HIV uses enzymes called protease to help make the DNA into more HIV viruses. Lopinavir-ritonavir blocks protease enzymes to interfere with the production of new HIV and prevent the infection of healthy cells. Lopinavir-ritonavir does not cure HIV infection, but it slows the progress of the disease.

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