A little girl in South Africa has been “virtually cured” of HIV after being given a cocktail of drugs as a baby, doctors have revealed. She has become only the third child to “beat” the Aids virus into long-term remission. The child was given a ten-month course of antiretroviral medication until she was one-year-old, and then taken off the treatment as part of a medical trial. Eight years and nine months later, the virus is still dormant and the girl healthy without needing treatment,
a research team reported at the International Aids Society conference on HIV science in Paris. “This new case strengthens our hope that by treating HIV-infected children for a brief period beginning in infancy, we may be able to spare them the burden of life-long therapy,” said Aids expert Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which funded the study. READ MORE.