Published On: Tue, Jul 21st, 2015

French teen in ‘unprecedented’ remission from HIV

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AIDS researchers are reporting an “unprecedented” remission in a French teenager who was infected with HIV at birth but who has been off medication for 12 years.

The girl, now 18, was born to an HIV-infected mother, according to a study presented at a meeting of the International AIDS Society in Vancouver. Doctors gave her medication aimed at preventing infection. When that failed and she tested positive for HIV, doctors started her on a four-drug regimen of anti-AIDS drugs. The girl continued the therapy until age 6, according to the study, led by Asier Saez-Cirion of the Pasteur Institute in Paris.

Doctors lost contact with the girl after that. When she reappeared a year later, her mother told doctors that she had stopped giving the girl HIV drugs. Doctors retested the girl, but HIV levels in her blood were below levels detectable with standard tests… READ MORE

USA TODAY by Liz Szabo


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