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Early antiretroviral drug treatments prevent AIDS

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The three-decade-long fight against AIDS has seen a series of breakthroughs in recent weeks, showing momentum in the push for an HIV cure.

At the 2015 International AIDS Society Conference in Vancouver, researchers detailed some dramatic findings. They confirmed that, for people with HIV, starting treatments with antiretroviral drugs early did prevent AIDS-related illness and deaths.

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Until now, there had been concern that starting such therapy too early might increase patients’ risk of cardiovascular and renal disease. That news came on top of another surprising development, as doctors at the conference described the case of a French teenager. The so-far unidentified girl was born with HIV, and received antiretroviral treatment until she was 6. Twelve years later, she’s still free of the virus. It appears to be the first confirmed long-term remission in a child infected from birth.

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