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Monkey study dampens hopes for Aids cure

Published on Jul 21, 2014 6:33 AM
 

PARIS (AFP) - The monkey version of HIV can take refuge from anti-Aids drugs within days of entering the body, a study said on Sunday, dampening hopes for a human cure.

If the same holds true for human beings, treatment may have to start “extremely early” after a person is infected with the virus that causes Aids, according to researchers publishing in the journal Nature.

The findings come just days after the disappointing announcement that a Mississippi baby thought to have been cleared of HIV through a potent dose of antivirals administered 30 hours after birth and continued for 18 months, has tested positive for the virus after two drug-free years.

“The unfortunate clinical findings of viral rebound in the Mississippi baby appear to be concordant with the monkey data,” study co-author Dan Barouch of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre (BIDMC) in Massachusetts told AFP.

 
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