HIV is such a scourge to humanity, but thanks to breakthroughs and advancement in science, a 9-year old South African girl has become only the 3rd child to beat the disease into long-term remission, nine years after receiving the drugs.
The girl was given the anti-AIDS drugs when she was 1 year old for 10 months and then taken off the drugs as part of a medical trial. 8 years and 9 months later, the girl is healthy without needing treatment as reported by a research team at the Internation AIDS Society conference on HIV science in Paris.
Director Anthony Fauci, of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which funded the study had this to say: “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,”
This breakthrough means, even though the virus is not completely eradicated in the patient, the HIV in their system is severely weakened to the point that it cannot replicate or spread to sexual partners.
The current treatment for the virus is Anti-retroviral(ARV) also stops the virus but does not completely eradicate it. Infected people have to take ARV pills daily for the rest of their lives.