Scientific highlights from IAS 2013


Strategies for pursuing a HIV cure, the impact of starting antiretroviral therapy at higher CD4 counts and
innovative models for HIV testing and care are among the scientific topics featured in the IAS 2013 programme
Deborah Persaud, lead researcher on the “Mississippi Baby” study will participate in a pediatric symposium and will emphasize the potential for curing newborn children with HIV infection by following the strategy used with this baby  providing standard antiretroviral therapy within the first days of life while HIV infection is still being confirmed. The case suggests that very early treatment may prevent establishment of latent HIV infection, which is an obstacle to curing people with chronic HIV infection.

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