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South African child ‘virtually cured’ of HIV

A nine-year-old infected with HIV at birth has spent most of their life without needing any treatment, say doctors in South Africa.

The child, whose identity is being protected, was given a burst of treatment shortly after birth.

They have since been off drugs for eight-and-a-half years without symptoms or signs of active virus.

The family is said to be “really delighted”.

Most people need treatment every day to prevent HIV destroying the immune system and causing Aids.

Injection taken every 2 months to control HIV is the ‘next revolution’ in treating the killer virus – scrapping the need for daily drugs

  • Currently HIV patients have to take antiretroviral drugs each day to prevent Aids
  • But a Phase II trial proved 2 such drugs in an injection offers as much protection
  • The jabs taken every two months slowly release the medication into the blood
  • A team of international scientists found them to work just as well as the daily pills

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