Scientists may be one giant step closer to a cure in the fight to end AIDS.
FOX's Alex Hein explains in this "Housecall for Health":
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In a major reveal at an AIDS conference in Paris, researchers said a South African girl who was born with the AIDS virus has kept her infection suppressed for more than eight years after stopping anti-HIV medicines.
They say the results are evidence that early treatment is capable of causing long-term remission.
Currently, HIV treatments that aim to keep the virus under control must be taken over of a lifetime, and only one person has ever been thought to be cured. But his treatment involved a bone marrow transplant from a donor with a natural resistance to HIV, which is risky and impractical due to the large number of patients already infected.
What's hopeful about the girl's case, is that she is the third child to enter long remission after beginning aggressive treatment soon after infection. She started when she was two and stopped 40 weeks later. Tests found the virus was not capable of reproducing in her immune system cells.
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