MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Hospital Clinic de Barcelona and its affiliated research institute IDIBAPS reported a “unique case” of a functional cure of the HIV virus on Wednesday.
According to the medical researchers, the female patient diagnosed with an acute phase of HIV antiretroviral treatment with cyclosporin A for nine months, after which she stopped the therapy, but retained control over the virus replication for over 15 years.
“A female patient, after suppression of antiretroviral therapy, has absolute control of the replication of HIV, maintained for more than 15 years, with an undetectable viral load and without taking medication to combat the virus,” the clinic said in a statement.
This case of functional cure is expected to open the door to developing new strategies of HIV treatment, aimed at increasing the activity of cells involved in a patient’s immune response to the virus.
The researchers will present this exceptional case at the 2022 International AIDS Conference opening on Friday in Montreal.