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How Does Enfuvirtide Work?Enfuvirtide belongs to a group of medications known as fusion inhibitors. Because enfuvirtide works on the outside of cells, it is significantly different from most other types of HIV medications, which work on the inside of cells. The drug does not allow the cell membranes (the outer coatings) of the virus and the human cell to fuse together, an important step necessary for HIV to enter the human cell. If HIV cannot enter human cells, it cannot reproduce itself.
Enfuvirtide is not a cure for HIV or AIDS, however. Although it can help stop HIV from infecting healthy cells in the body, it does not help cells that have already been infected with the virus.