• The case — the longest-known example of a paediatric HIV patient living without ill effect after discontinuing treatment — adds to the overwhelming body of knowledge supporting the benefits of early treatment, and will help researchers to better understand why some patients with HIV can go into remission after ceasing treatment.
  • “It’s possible the teen, who was last treated when she was almost 6, might have some sort of natural resistance, or the results could be due to early and more aggressive treatment than what children normally receive.”
  • “It’s an intriguing case, but it’s a very unique and unusual outcome,” says physician and virologist Deborah Persaud of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, Maryland, who first reported on the Mississippi baby in 2013. “We’ve had many kids who are treated for years, then go off treatment and rebound, so the global message is still that kids should stay on treatment.”

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