Cancer Drugs Could Be A New Hope For HIV Cure

Chinese students showing a handmade red ribbon one day ahead of the the World AIDS Day in 2009. Some 6,000 global HIV experts gather in Paris from

Chinese students showing a handmade red ribbon one day ahead of the the World AIDS Day in 2009. Some 6,000 global HIV experts gather in Paris from

The vast majority of patients with HIV suffer an increase in the amount of the virus circulating in the body if they stop treatment, but this child was different, the South African researchers said.

Scientists' hopes were dashed and they are not suggesting the South African baby is cured. Her treatment ended when she was 40 weeks old, after which she was monitored on regular basis for signs of relapse.

" With the successful scale up and effectiveness of ART, more children living with HIV are growing into adolescence and require ongoing support to remain in care and adhere to ART".

The child caught the infection from their mother around the time of birth in 2007.

The case is similar to a French child who has now gone more than 11 years without drugs.

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Once this was achieved, some continued taking oral treatment as maintenance while the rest were shifted onto the prototype, injectable ARV, administered every four or eight weeks. Linda-Gail Bekker, said all information about paediatrics and adolescent HIV epidemics pointed to the need for more and better targeted research. Another factor may be that their very early treatment did not give the virus a chance to fully establish itself.

But much work remains - some 17 million people are still not getting the treatment they need, including 1.2 million children. The treatment was stopped sometime between the age of five and seven. "In both cases, the immune response is unable to target and clear HIV-infected cells and tumour cells".

The "next revolution" in HIV could see daily drugs replaced with just six doses a year, say scientists.

"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 specialist Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which funded the study.

"There is a huge information and knowledge gap in children concerning sexual reproductive health and rights issues, which in my opinion is one of the major concerns child rights organisations should be concerned about,"Tawanda Gurure, a child protection manager, said".

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In 2016, there was only an estimated one in three or 35 percent of people living with HIV accessing treatment in Jamaica.

During the second session, which dealt with the challenges key populations - men who have sex with men, sex workers, members of the transgender community, people who inject drugs and people detained in correctional facilities - face, Tiffany Lillie, senior technical adviser at an global HIV organisation dealing with these communities emphasised that "the care continuum" consists of prevention, testing, treatment and viral load suppression.

Globally, only 46 per cent of the 36.7 million people living with HIV in 2015 were receiving antiretroviral therapy.

This causes them to have a low number of specific immune cells, leaving them more vulnerable to serious illnesses.

Based on the report, HIV infections in these 10 countries occurred mainly among sex workers and their customers, gay men and other men who had sex with men, people using drugs by injections, transgender people and others.

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