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Media reports of a British HIV cure 'breakthrough' are premature
Keith Alcorn, 2016-10-03 09:10:00
The Sunday Times yesterday
reported that HIV had become undetectable in the blood of one man taking part
in the RIVER study, a trial of an intensive treatment regimen designed to test
whether it is possible to reduce levels of HIV-infected cells in the bodies of
people recently infected with HIV. The researchers hope that the treatment may
eradicate HIV infection altogether.
The Sunday Times
reported that British scientists are on the “brink of an HIV cure”. In fact,
the study is still in its early stages and will not be able to describe
participants as “cured” until extensive follow-up has taken place. Investigator
Professor Sarah Fidler of Imperial College, London, told The Sunday Times that participants in the
study will be followed for five years.