Monday, 30 July 2012
IMFW: A Functional Cure for HIV?
Exciting news that a French research study may have found a way to allow HIV-infected people to avoid developing full-blown AIDS. In the study, newly-infected patients were treated with antiretroviral drugs very soon after acquiring the infection, which is quite unusual, and after three years of treatment they were able to stop their medication and remain well. It's a functional cure, which isn't quite a "cure" in the traditional sense; they still have the virus in their bodies - it's just kept at extremely low levels. And it only works if the infection is caught quickly. But it's a strong indication that antiretrovirals should be given as soon as possible after initial infection.