Girl in HIV remission without drugs
A South African girl born with the AIDS virus has kept her infection suppressed for more than eight years after stopping anti-HIV medicines â€” more evidence that early treatment can occasionally cause a long remission that, if it lasts, would be a form of cure.
Her case was revealed on Monday at an AIDS conference in Paris, where researchers also gave encouraging results from tests of shots every month or two instead of daily pills to treat HIV.
Current treatments keep HIV under control but must be taken the rest of one’s life. Only one person is thought to be cured â€” the so-called Berlin patient, a man who had a bone-marrow transplant in 2007 from a donor with natural resistance to HIV.
But transplants are risky and impractical to…