Seems likely at least some of the many different viruses pwME deal with share the same heavy reliance on sugar as HIV. Scientists say killing HIV's sugar intake kills its growth A groundbreaking study reveals that starving HIV of sugar prevents it from reproducing. Scientists at Northwestern Medicine and Vanderbilt University say that after the virus invades an activated immune cell, it craves sugar and nutrients from the cell to replicate and fuel its growth throughout the body. The team discovered the switch that turns on the immune cell’s sugar and nutrient pipeline and blocked it with an experimental compound. This process, they say, shuts down the pipeline, and starves HIV to death.