Doctors confirm rare case of HIV remission without drugs

Doctors confirm rare case of HIV remission without drugs

Doctors confirm rare case of HIV remission without drugs

The child initially caught the infection from her mother around the time of her birth in 2007. Eight-and-a-half years after treatment, the child shows no signs of infection, adding another piece to the puzzle of eliminating human immunodeficiency virus.

More than half of people infected with HIV worldwide are now getting drugs, and AIDS-related deaths have nearly halved since 2005, putting the world on track to hit the target of 30 million people on treatment by 2020, the United Nations said last week.

As promising as the newest case is, the South African child is not cured, Cotton said.

The researchers hope that by studying this child, they may gain a better understanding of how a person's body can, in some cases, control HIV without the use of daily drugs.

The child's immune system has been healthy ever since receiving a short course of treatment in early age making him the first reported case of a child controlling their HIV infection without drugs in Africa, CNN reported.

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On average, children in the clinical trial who received early ART had to resume treatment after two years, Dr. Avy Violari, head of pediatric clinical trials at the Perinatal HIV Research Unit at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, told CNN. Another difficulty is that "nobody knows" what makes the few cases of long-term remission possible, though it's likely due to a combination of factors, including "something unique and special" in their immune systems, Rizza added.

Further phase 3 trials of the treatment are already in progress and more evidence will be needed in wider groups of patients but the results from the LATTE-2 study on long-acting therapy could well be the "next revolution in HIV therapy", researchers said. If other countries worldwide were to fully achieve the 90-90-90 targets, it would translate into 73 per cent of all people living with HIV worldwide being virally suppressed. Swaziland's United Nations agency noted that as a result, less than 1,000 children became infected with HIV in the country past year. Now, eight years after she began the treatment, the young girl has HIV levels on par with individuals who take daily antiretroviral drugs, despite not taking any further medication, The Independent reported. The level of HIV in their blood will increase, unless they change to a different treatment regimen, which could be more expensive - and, in many countries, still harder to obtain.

Dr David Margolis, one of the researchers from ViiV Healthcare, said: "Adherence to medication remains an important challenge in HIV treatment". There was also a case in France where the patient went 11 years without treatment.

It's not a healing, considering the HIV virus is still present, but it is so weak that it can not be multiplied or transmitted to another person even in the absence of a treatment.

While there have been other recorded cases of children resisting the virus without therapy, a lot of them are only able to enjoy short spurts of remission without later showing signs of infection once more.

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