Mar 15, 2013 10:05 PM GMT
Just two weeks after US doctors announced a new-born baby was ‘functionally cured’ of HIV, it appears the same treatment has worked on 14 full-grown men and women. The discovery was made at the Pasteur Institute in France and the study reports that the 14 ‘functionally cured’ adults still have the deadly virus in their system, but the virus is so weak their own immune systems are easily able to keep it in check. Due to the patients receiving rapid treatment after early diagnosis, they are no longer are at risk of developing AIDS — the deadly second phase of the HIV infection.
A spokesman for the institute said, “It’s not eradication, but they can clearly live without pills for a very long period of time.”
The Pasteur Institute’s unit for regulation of retroviral infections study was led by Asier Sáez-Cirión, who studied a group of 70 people who began a course of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) between 35 days and 10 weeks after becoming.........