Half of Global HIV-Positive Population Undergoing Treatment

Glen Mclaughlin
July 26, 2017

An update on the study was presented on July 24 at the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science.

The recent press release shows an additional 135 000 deaths and 105 000 new infections could follow in the next five years if no action is taken, and HIV treatment costs could increase by an additional US$ 650 million during this time.

After eight and a half years of no treatment, they still have shown no signs of the virus.

"Long-acting injectable ART could provide some patients with a more convenient approach to manage HIV infection that avoids daily oral dosing, and the need to keep, store, and transport medications as they go about their daily lives". "This has important policy implications", said Dr. Linda-Gail Bekker, deputy director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and a co-leader of the conference.

The girl who participated in a statement said that "However, this new case strengthens our hope that by treating HIV infected children".

In the study, HIV-infected infants were randomly assigned to receive either early or deferred antiretroviral therapy (ART).

The young girl was given the aggressive HIV treatment when she was only two months old, and continued receiving it for 40 months before stopping. Another difficulty is that "nobody knows" what makes the few cases of long-term remission possible, though it's likely due to a combination of factors, including "something unique and special" in their immune systems, Rizza added.

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In total, 76.1 million people have been infected with HIV, the virus that causes Aids, since the epidemic started in the 1980s.

The head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, was cautious in his description of the child's condition, describing it as being in "remission" rather than having been cured. Swaziland has the highest rates of HIV infections in the world, as about one in 3 adults carries the virus.

Although HIV can not be detected in the child's body, it has been detected in their immune cells. The child commenced ART at nine weeks of age, and at the end of the course of treatment, results indicated the viral load had been suppressed to undetectable levels. The family is believed to have very high levels of HIV in their blood.

None had the rare mutation, known as delta 32, that produces immune system cells lacking the receptors to which HIV attaches. This is a reservoir of the virus which is integrated into a small proportion of immune cells.

However, in 2014, it emerged that the child's virus had returned.

Asean members Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar and Thailand are among 10 countries that together accounted for more than 95 per cent of all new HIV infections in the Asia-Pacific region past year, according to a new report.

Last week, the United Nations said more than half of all people with the HIV virus have access to treatment but advocates remain concerned Trump's proposed budget cuts from the biggest donor nation, which is said to reduce financial aid to global HIV programs by $1 billion, CGTN America reported.

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