A South African girl born with the AIDS virus has kept her infection suppressed for more than eight years after stopping anti-HIV medicines.

Doctors say this is more evidence that early treatment can occasionally cause a long remission that, if it lasts, would be a form of cure.

Drugs can keep HIV under control but must be taken lifelong. Doctors know that early treatment improves survival for babies born to HIV-infected moms. The girl is now the third case where a child achieved a long-lasting remission and was able to keep the virus suppressed for more than two years without HIV medicines.

Her case was discussed Monday at an AIDS conference in Paris where doctors also reported progress toward monthly shots rather than daily pills to treat HIV.


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