Early HIV treatment led to “functional cure” in 14 patients, report researchers

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 18 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1759
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

French researchers have reported a group of 14 patients who achieved a “functional cure” of HIV after stopping antiretroviral treatment, some of whom have maintained an undetectable viral load for nearly 10 years.

The researchers believe that about 15% of patients who become infected with HIV may be able to control the virus in this way if they are treated very soon after becoming infected.

The group of patients, known as the “Visconti cohort,” were infected with HIV between 1996 and 2002. Their cases are reported in PLoS Pathogens.1 All the patients received combination antiretroviral treatment within 10 weeks …

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