A few weeks ago, we wrote about a Mississippi toddler who was “functionally cured” of HIV. Now, there is one more reason to celebrate: French researchers identified 14 adults who have been functionally cured of HIV as well. The adults received antiviral treatment within a few months of infection, but all stopped treatment at some point for a variety of reasons. Despite discontinued treatment, researchers found that these adults had extremely low levels of HIV and that their immune systems were controlling the infection without drugs. Although further research is necessary, scientists hope that other adults may be able to cease antiviral treatment and live healthily without drugs. This story is another crucial step in the global fight against HIV/AIDS and represents the importance of continued research investments to discover innovative cures for HIV.
—Morgan McCloskey, global health intern