The cure for HIV: first baby, now 14 adults


16/03/2013

Two weeks later, after news of a cure for HIV infant, received information that this treatment can help some adults. Diagnosis at an early stage can significantly increase the chances of, but does not guarantee success.

Asier Saez-Sirion from the Pasteur Institute in Paris, examined 70 people with HIV infection who have undergone highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in the period from 35 days to 10 weeks after infection - much earlier than usual.

After stopping HAART, which lasted an average of three years, 14 people (10 men and 4 women) were able to stop taking the medication without adverse effects.

The 14 adults still retain traces of HIV in their blood, but in such small quantities that their body is able to cope independently, without the help of drugs.

On average, these 14 people do not take the drug for seven years. "This is not a complete disappearance of the virus, but they can easily live without the pills for a long period of time," - said Saez-Sirion.

Last week, it was reported "functional recovery" baby from HIV who received treatment immediately after birth. Scientists warn that while early treatment does not guarantee success, diagnosis at an early stage can be a decisive factor in determining the outcome of therapy.

Original: Newscientist.com


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