A South African 9 year-old child has survived HIV virus for 8 and a half years now, without the help of any medication
The child living in South Africa has survived without any treatment for more than 8 years. The information has been presented by researchers during the International AIDS Society conference in Paris, France.
As described by the scientific community, this is the third case of its kind. We’re talking about prolonged HIV remission after standard anti-HIV treatment.
The case suggests that specific HIV medication administered during early stages of the infection in infants can practically reduce the virus levels to impossible to detect, which translates into a reduced need of chronic treatment.
The South African child’s case was intensely discussed at the conference. The child was diagnosed when only one month old and treated during the Children with HIV Early Antiretroviral Therapy (CHER) programme with standard antiretroviral therapy (ART) for a total of 40 weeks.
The child was one of the 143 patients participating in the CHER clinical trial, funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), in order to accelerate the advances of medicine and find a sustainable cure for the disease.
The case is considered to be a step forward contributing to the anti-HIV fight worldwide, as researchers are still struggling with low survival rates and life-long treatment schemes for AIDS infected patients.