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HUGE BREAKTHROUGH: HIV patient goes into long-term REMISSION

HIV patient in Brazil goes into long-term REMISSION and could be the first person to be cured of the virus using pharmaceutical drugs alone

A Brazilian man in his mid-30s with HIV has gone into long-term remission after treatment with drugs alone, boosting hope of a cure for millions living with the virus.

It is thought to be the first case of a HIV patient going into remission following pharmaceutical treatment.

Doctors report that the patient was prescribed an intense multi-drug cocktail of AIDS medicines, including antiretroviral therapy, or ART.

It was also supplemented with additional antiretrovirals, plus a drug called nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3.

Two other people are believed to have been cured of HIV, but they both underwent high-risk bone marrow transplants.

The unnamed individual was diagnosed with HIV in 2012 and was on the pioneering course of medication for 48 weeks.

Just over a year later his DNA and cells were assessed and tests for HIV came back negative.

Dr Ricardo Diaz of the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, who co-led the study, told The Telegraph: ‘We can’t search the entire body, but by the best evidence, we do not have infected cells.

-Daily Mail UK

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