HEALTH: 14 Adults Have Been Functionally Cured Of HIV.

Greetings Travellers!! It's been all over the news that a little baby was cured of HIV, but now that little baby got some adult friends. According to reports from Huffington Post, 14 adults have been cured of HIV. Using a very similar method used to cure the baby, the adults were also cured.

Asier Sáez-Cirión of the Pasteur Institute's unit for regulation of retroviral infections in Paris analysed 70 people with HIV who had been treated with antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) between 35 days and 10 weeks after infection – much sooner than people are normally treated.

All of the participants' drug regimes had been interrupted for one reason or another. For example, some people had made a personal choice to stop taking the drugs, others had been part of a trial of different drug protocols.

Most of the 70 people relapsed when their treatment was interrupted, with the virus rebounding rapidly to pre-treatment levels. But 14 of them – four women and 10 men – were able to stay off of ARVs without relapsing, having taken the drugs for an average of three years.

The 14 adults still have traces of HIV in their blood, but at such low levels that their body can naturally keep it in check without drugs.

On average, the 14 adults have been off medication for seven years. One has gone 10-and-a-half years without drugs. "It's not eradication, but they can clearly live without pills for a very long period of time," says Sáez-Cirión.

The study overall doesn't say that all people treated with antiretroviral thearapy would be cured but it shows that 5 to 15 percent of people are able to be "functionally cured" of HIV. This is really good news for the 30 million plus people living with HIV. Up to 5 million of them can be cured if this new treatment takes off.

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