Saturday, March 16, 2013

Pasteur Institute in Paris results a near "cure" for HIV with new anti-retroviral medication trial


Michael Smith, on ABC News, is reporting that at least fourteen patients in France have been successfully treated for HIV infection, with initial medication therapy started within two months of infection, and were able to stop anti-retroviral therapy “without a rebound”.  However, some patients were on the medication for between one and seven years. 

However, all fourteen still have microscopic amounts of HIV, not normally detectable. But this should still make them ineligible for blood or organ donation.
   
Michael Smtih has a story for ABC News March 15 here.  
  
The treatment took place at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, which became well known during the initial AIDS epidemic in the 1980s.   

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