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French scientists claim 'functional cure' for HIV

Mar 24, 2013 07:55 AM IST India India

Paris: After the news of a baby girl who was effectively cured of HIV in the US, a new study reports a functional cure for adults with HIV/AIDS, who were treated very early. Scientists in France said they selected 14 patients, who were treated within 10 weeks of being infected with HIV. They received treatment for three years but after that, the patients did not need antiretroviral treatment anymore.

The report was published recently in a journal PLOS Pathogens. The patients have not required treatment for about 10 years now, despite stopping the dosage of the drugs.

But the virus has not been completely removed from their bodies. Scientists call this a "functional cure", and a possible breakthrough in controlling HIV/AIDS.