There's a functional cure for HIV says Prof Caroline Tiemessen

World Aids day might mean a lot to some people depending on their relationship with the HIV virus. To many living with the virus, it’s possible to live a prolonged and fruitful life.

Africa Melane talks to the head of cell biology at the Centre for HIV and STI, Professor Caroline Tiemessen about the issues surrounding the battle to understand and combat AIDS.

The main interest has been using early treatment says Professor Tiemessen. She adds that there are some cases which show that some people can control the virus naturally, if they treat the virus early.

It's of particular interest when looking at the inspiring case of a young local girl who was born with the Aids virus, but has kept her infection suppressed for more than eight years after stopping anti-HIV medicines says Professor Tiemessen. It's not a cure, but it's certainly a step in the right direction she adds.

HIV remission has also been called functional cure.

Professor Caroline Tiemessen, head of cell biology at the center for HIV and STI

Professor Caroline Tiemessen says that when people interpret the word ‘cure’, they think of an absolute cure but that’s not the case. We try to use the word remission which means that it’s a sustained control of the virus she adds.

Seeing massive progress in the realm of treatment and remission, is of particular interest when looking at the inspiring case of a young local girl says Professor Caroline Tiemessen. She adds that the girl was born with the Aids virus, but has kept her infection suppressed for more than eight years after stopping anti-HIV medicines.

A child that was infected during pregnancy, infected from the mom, received treatment very early within 30 hours of birth. Then was on treatment for a period of 18 months, stopped the treatment, and then controlled the virus naturally for the next 27 months.

Professor Caroline Tiemessen, head of cell biology at the center for HIV and STI

Listen to the ways in which functional cure could assist you...


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : There's a functional cure for HIV says Prof Caroline Tiemessen


702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
All international eyes are on #ANC54 says international think tank analyst

All international eyes are on #ANC54 says international think tank analyst

Chatham House Africa programme researcher Christopher Vandome explains impact of the election outcome on international relations.

#ANC54 delayed start, registration still underway

#ANC54 delayed start, registration still underway

EWN's Gaye Davis reports live from the 54th ANC National Conference at Nasrec which was set to kick off at 9am Saturday morning.

Capetonian tackles 3300km canoe trip to raise awareness for NGO

Capetonian tackles 3300km canoe trip to raise awareness for NGO

'I’ve always had that urge to do something no one has ever done before.' - Elizma Fuller

Shambolic state of our public health system hampers fight against HIV/Aids - TAC

Shambolic state of our public health system hampers fight against HIV/Aids - TAC

TAC's Anele Yawa says SA's health service challenges make it difficult to fight HIV/Aids.

Dis-Chem Foundation donates R60 000 worth of goods to Yabonga Children's Project

Dis-Chem Foundation donates R60 000 worth of goods to Yabonga Children's Project

The Dis-Chem Foundation has partnered with CapeTalk to donate R60 000 in supplies to the HIV organisation supporting Cape kids.

Meet the inspirational man who has lived with HIV since birth

Meet the inspirational man who has lived with HIV since birth

Ntimbwe Mpamba shares his life's journey of living with HIV. He is the longest living person with HIV in Africa.

Popular articles
'ANC may split if Dlamini-Zuma is elected leader'

'ANC may split if Dlamini-Zuma is elected leader'

Political analyst Dr Somadoda Fikeni sat down with Ray White to discuss the future of the ANC.

The Steinhoff Story: from humble beginnings to billions

The Steinhoff Story: from humble beginnings to billions

Financial Mail editor Rob Rose chats to Eusebius McKaiser about how Steinhoff became the retail giant we know, before the fall.

Predictably awesome new Nando's ad reminds South Africans ‘we can fix our sh$t’

Predictably awesome new Nando's ad reminds South Africans ‘we can fix our sh$t’

Watch the Guptas pack their bags and run in Nando's inspiring new advertisement.

PSG Chair Jannie Mouton opens up (kind of) about Steinhoff

PSG Chair Jannie Mouton opens up (kind of) about Steinhoff

In 2012 Steinhoff acquired 20% of wealth manager PSG, reportedly infuriating Mouton. Bruce Whitfield interviews him.

German prosecutors probing Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste (for accounting fraud)

German prosecutors probing Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste (for accounting fraud)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Steinhoff International Chairperson Christo Wiese.

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

Wits associate professor of economics Christopher Malikane speaks to Azania Mosaka about the term that is being bandied about.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...