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News Brief South African Child “Virtually” Cured of HIV

News Brief: South African Child “Virtually” Cured of HIV

by Aaron Shepard

News Brief South African Child “Virtually” Cured of HIV

News Brief:  South African Child “Virtually” Cured of HIV

A nine-year-old child living in South Africa has been “virtually cured” of HIV, becoming the third child in the world to officially be in remission.  The child, who has not yet been identified, was given treatment as soon as he/she was born as he/she was infected with the virus at birth.  Doctors in the country have said that since that initial treatment the child has not needed any other medical attention for the virus in the past eight and a half years.

Although HIV cannot be detected in the child’s body, it has been detected in their immune cells.  This means that HIV is lying dormant and while they do not need treatment now it may be required in the future. 

The child may provide vital information for a breakthrough on learning how HIV can be cured.

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