July 24, 2017
A LITTLE girl in South Africa has been “virtually cured” of HIV after being given a cocktail of drugs as a baby, doctors have revealed.
She has become only the third child to “beat” the Aids virus into long-term remission.
The child was given a ten-month course of antiretroviral medication until she was one-year-old, and then taken off the treatment as part of a medical trial.
Eight years and nine months later, the virus is still dormant and the girl healthy without needing treatment, a research team reported at the International Aids Society conference on HIV science in Paris.
“This new case strengthens our hope that by treating HIV-infected children for a brief period beginning in infancy, we may be able to spare them the burden of life-long therapy,” said Aids expert Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which funded the study.
This article was posted: Monday, July 24, 2017 at 8:50 am