Beware of headlines which suggest scientists are “on the brink of HIV cure”, or “HIV cure close”.
They grab the attention – which is of course the aim of a headline – but talk of a breakthrough is premature.
The Sunday Times reported that a British man with HIV was receiving a prototype therapy designed to eradicate the virus from his body.
Early tests from the clinical trial have apparently shown no signs of the virus in his blood.
That may sound astonishing unless you know that conventional antiretroviral therapy (ART) – which the patient was also taking – already reduces HIV to undetectable levels.
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