Monday 18 December 2017

'Cured' AIDS patients suffer disease relapse

Two patients with HIV who were thought to have been cured of the Aids virus following treatment for blood cancer have suffered a "rebound" and have now returned to taking antiretroviral drugs.

Researchers at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston said in July that they were unable to detect any signs of HIV in the blood of either patient about eight months after they had undergone a bone-marrow transplant.

Timothy Henrich, a physician-researcher at the hospital, said the return of HIV in the two patients is "disappointing but scientifically significant" because it shows the virus persists even when some of the most sensitive blood tests fail to detect it.

Irish Independent

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