Moscow, July 24 – AIF-Moscow.
Doctors in South Africa found the girl, the body which successfully coped with the multiplication of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) without additional therapy, reports the journal Lancet.
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The girl was born with HIV and at the age of two months underwent a course of drugs to combat retroviruses. After that she took no drugs for the past eight years, however, the replication of the virus in her blood stopped.
Revealed about the case, said AVI Violari from the University of the Witwatersrand conference of the International AIDS community in Paris. According to her, the study of such cases will help to understand how to fight infection.
“It seems to me that taking antiviral drugs at an early age helped the girls immune system to suppress virus, and now we need to understand how it differs from the rest of the patients,” she added.
Violari noted that the girl participated in the CHER, in which the scientists were testing the hypothesis that blocking the development of HIV. Scientists believe that taking drugs at an early stage helps the body “adapt” to HIV before the immune system is affected by the virus.