1 December is World Aids Day. Image via Flickr: Sham Hardy.

Read: We might finally have a cure for HIV – Local child ‘virus free’ years after treatment

A miracle child of note.


1 December is World Aids Day. Image via Flickr: Sham Hardy.

Those infected with HIV normally have to stay on antiretroviral (ARV) drugs for the rest of their lives. This constant medication is taken in order to stop HIV progressing into aids. This child however, now almost 10 years old, has no signs of the disease.

The child is now the third recent isolated case of remission, it has since made news globally as people believe that a cure could be on the way. Some experts, however, are urging caution as the rarity of this case does not necessarily mean a simple path to the cure.

“It’s a case that raises more questions than it necessarily answers,” said Linda-Gail Bekker, president of the International Aids Society (IAS), which is holding a conference in Paris this week.

“It does raise the interesting notion that maybe treatment isn’t for life. (But) it’s clearly a rare phenomenon.”

Reuters reports on the clinical trial that the child was a part of.

“The child, whose name and gender were not disclosed, was part of a clinical trial in which researchers were investigating the effect of treating HIV-positive babies in the first few weeks of life, and then stopping and starting the ART medicines whilst checking whether their HIV was being controlled.”

While it’s important to not get carried away, this child’s story is without question a breakthrough.

“To our knowledge, this is the first case of sustained virological control from a randomized trial of ART interruption following early treatment of infants,” experts said in a summary of findings presented at the IAS conference on Monday.

So this “cure” seems to just be another extreme abnormality. Let’s hope the scientists can at least build up their research when studying these three cases. With 37 million people infected with HIV worldwide, let’s hope this child leads to some sort of breakthrough.