Showing posts with label HIV drugs. Show all posts
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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

9-year-old brings hope for HIV cure after spending 8 years in remission without drugs!

New Delhi: One of the most deadliest diseases to have gripped the world for ages is HIV/AIDS and finding a cure for it has posed the biggest challenge for scientists across the world.

When infected with the HIV virus, humans cannot produce the required antibodies to kill it, which is why the HIV vaccine has been a challenge to develop.

Transplants, though, are risky and not always the wise alternative, since it is impractical to try to cure the millions already infected.

That said, some researchers are targeting the next best alternative – long-term remission, when the immune system can control HIV without drugs even if signs of the virus remain.

Aggressive treatment soon after infection might enable that in some cases, and the South African girl is the third child who achieved a long remission after that approach.

She was in a study sponsored by the agency Fauci heads, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, that previously found that early versus delayed treatment helped babies survive.

The girl, whom researchers did not identify, started on HIV drugs when she was 2 months old and stopped 40 weeks later. Tests when she was 9½ years old found signs of virus in a small number of immune system cells, but none capable of reproducing. The girl does not have a gene mutation that gives natural resistance to HIV infection, Fauci said, so her remission seems likely due to the early treatment., the Associated Press said.

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