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U.S. Researchers Report ‘Functional Cure’ For Infant Born With HIV

“A baby born with the virus that causes AIDS appears to have been cured, scientists announced Sunday, describing the case of a child from Mississippi who’s now [two and a half] and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of [active] infection,” the Associated Pressreports (Neergaard, 3/4).…

Small Percentage Of Adults Who Receive Rapid HIV Treatment Following Infection Might Achieve ‘Functional Cure,’ French Researchers Say

“Rapid treatment after HIV infection may be enough to ‘functionally cure’ about a 10th of those diagnosed early, say researchers in France,” who “have been analyzing 14 people who stopped therapy, but have since shown no signs of the virus resurging,” BBC News reports (Gallagher, 3/15). “The research, published in the U.S. journal…

CSIS Report Examines U.S., South Africa Efforts to Transition HIV/AIDS Programming

The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) on Thursday released a report (.pdf), titled “The Future of the U.S.-South Africa HIV/AIDS Partnership,” examining the joint U.S.-South Africa effort “to transition responsibility for HIV/AIDS programming and policies to the South African government,” the center reports on its webpage. The report is based on…

Prevention Remains Best Method To Stop Mother-To-Child HIV Transmission

“If confirmed by further analysis,” the case of a Mississippi infant being cured of HIV “would be the first time a person has been cured with simple drug treatments, making a lifetime of antiviral therapy unnecessary,” a New York Times editorial states. Born to an HIV-positive mother who did not receive HIV treatment during…

IRIN Examines Impact Of HIV Funding On National Health Care Systems

In an article in its “Building Resilience” series, IRIN examines the impact of HIV funding on health care systems in developing countries, writing, “Some have argued that the AIDS epidemic has helped generate an overall increase in health funding and mobilized an international push for more equitable health care access. But others…

Media Coverage Of ‘Functional Cure’ In Baby Born With HIV Continues

Highlighting the recent case of an infant reportedly cured of HIV infection “after a swiftly administered course of drugs,” Scientific American writes, “A number of factors make the child’s case unique, … and clinicians caution that we have not discovered a general cure for HIV yet. Still, the medical first may hint at ways…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces React To ‘Functional Cure’ Of Infant Born With HIV

Scientists on Sunday announced that an infant born with HIV appears to have been “functionally cured” of the virus after receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) within 30 hours of birth. The following is a summary of three opinion pieces published in response to the announcement. Sarah Boseley, Guardian: “This is progress and will open…