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African Child Infected With, Treated For HIV As Newborn In Remission For 8.5 Years, Researchers Report At IAS 2017

CNN: Rare case of 9-year-old in HIV remission for years — without drugs
“A 9-year-old South African child diagnosed with HIV when he was one month old has been in HIV remission for 8.5 years — without regular treatment. This is the first reported case of a child controlling their HIV infection without drugs in Africa and the third known case globally…” (Senthilingam, 7/24).

The Guardian: Child treated for HIV at birth is healthy nine years on without further treatment
“…Researchers say they hope to learn from the case of the child, born in South Africa, to save others from having to take powerful daily medication as they are growing up and for the rest of their lives…” (Boseley, 7/24).

Reuters: Hopes for HIV cure revived by African child in remission
“…The child, whose name and gender were not disclosed, was part of a clinical trial in which researchers were investigating the effect of treating HIV-positive babies in the first few weeks of life, and then stopping and starting the ART medicines whilst checking whether their HIV was being controlled…” (Kelland, 7/24).

Washington Post: New hope for HIV cure as child remains virus-free years after final treatment
“…Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, struck notes of both optimism and caution when speaking about [the child]. … ‘It is exciting to see this. It is encouraging to see a child going for such a long period of time without rebounding,’ Fauci said. ‘But we don’t have the full answers to what this means yet’…” (Cha, 7/24).

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