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There's Now a Cure for HIV! (Well, Sort of...)

This one totally made our week
by Mikey Agulto | Mar 6, 2013
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FHM Nation, check this one out: The first "functionally cured" HIV patient has been found, researchers announced last weekend. This is one of the biggest game changer in the history of medicine, and we almost didn't see it coming, because it reportedly happened by accident.

The patient is a two-year-old baby girl from Mississippi, who was born HIV positive to a mother who received no prenatal care. The child was given high doses of three antiretroviral drugs within 30 hours of her birth, which resulted to the absolute absence of the virus in her blood a mere two years later. What's even more fascinating is the fact that her mother, for some reason, decided to stop giving her the treatment after 15 months.

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Dr. Hannah Gay, a pediatric HIV specialist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, said that the timing of the intervention was just as important as the particular number of drugs used. "We are hoping that future studies will show that very early institution of effective therapy will result in this same outcome consistently," declared Dr. Gay during the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Atlanta.

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The antiretroviral therapy however doesn't kill the HIV virus. Said treatment can only suppress the virus and stop the progression of the disease, which, in the baby's case, started taking effect 29 days after she first recieved treatment. The virus in her blood soon continued to decrease to the point of reaching undetectable levels. And once the presence of HIV decreases, to the point that standard clinical tests cannot detect it in the blood, lifelong treatment will no longer be necessary, thus the phrase "functionally cured."

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institute of Health, explains this breakthrough further: "The best way to eliminate the virus or allow the immune system to suppress residual virus is to treat someone as early as possible after infection so as not to allow a substantial reservoir of the virus to take hold." As of this writing, more studies are being done on the baby for precautionary purposes.

So there. Although we're miles away from establishing it as a universal cure, this is the kind of discovery the world's been waiting looking for all these AIDS-inflicted years. For the meantime, safe sex is still our bestest friend against HIV. And by that we mean using high quality condoms. And by that we mean look at these Premiere Vixens. See what we did there? Ha!

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