SA boy's HIV in remission for over 8 years after antiretroviral treatment ended

It was announced at the Paris conference on HIV/ Aids that a South African-born child has only trace amount of HIV in his system, despite not being on antiretroviral treatment for nine years.

The child was given a ten-month course of antiretroviral therapy until he was one-year's old and taken off the medication ever since.

Co-principal researcher at Stellenbosch University, Prof Mark Cotton, says this is a big step in the fight against HIV/Aids.

It involves only one child but the principle is important. It is wonderful for the child...

Prof Mark Cotton, co-principal researcher At Stellenbosch University

He says, with the study, they are hoping to acquire information that will help other people living with HIV in the future.

Cotton says at this moment they know the child has an unquestionable presence of HIV that is hiding away in the cells. The virus is there at a lower level but it is not replicating in the blood stream.

In this child the viral load is undetectable and it has been undetectable for more than 8 years without antiretrovirals which we think is very good.

Prof Mark Cotton, Co-Principal Researcher At Stellenbosch University

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