14 More People With HIV 'All But Cured'
Cases in France resemble Mississippi baby
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2013 3:25 PM CDT
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(Newser) – More good news on HIV: French researchers say another 14 people have been "functionally cured" of the virus, NPR reports. Unlike the groundbreaking case of a US baby, these patients still have HIV in their bloodstreams—but at very low levels that are hard to detect. Like the US baby, they were treated with antiviral drugs soon after being infected with HIV. The conclusion: Early treatment can stop HIV from setting up "reservoirs" of infected cells in a patient's body.

In the French group—comprised of four women and 10 men—each patient took antiretroviral-drug combinations for a period spanning one to nearly eight years. And they haven't been taking the drugs for four to 10 years—either by choice or because they participated in a study that interrupted HIV treatment. Poring over decidedly scant data, French researchers estimate that about 15% of patients with HIV can be "functionally cured" if they get early treatment. (Could it be that the "HIV baby" never really had the virus?)

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Tology
Mar 16, 2013 11:09 PM CDT
The key to HIV is prevention. Kids are going to read these reports and figure unprotected sex is alright because they can be cured of anything. I have a niece who got pregnant from having unprotected sex, I read her mother the "nurse" the riot act for not teaching her kids about the dangers they face from not using a condom. Lo and behold my nephew had the same problem a year later, now my sister has two little bastard grandkids. She is lucky that is all her kids got.
close-quarters
Mar 16, 2013 7:56 AM CDT
bogus... what is the benefit of reporting the unfounded
lvan
Mar 15, 2013 10:14 PM CDT
Was it absolutely essential to point out gender make-up of the science team?