French study into HIV cure - NAT comment.
Deborah Jack, Chief Executive at NAT (National AIDS Trust) comments on the recent news a Pasteur Institute's in Paris found 14 of its HIV patients when treated early for HIV were able to stay off of ARVs without relapsing.
”These are exciting times and today’s study is further evidence that we are getting closer to a cure for HIV. What is telling in both the functional cure in the USA and in latest study in France is that early treatment was key to the success.
“This just underlines the importance of people being testing and diagnosed early. Currently half of people living with HIV in the UK are diagnosed late - which usually indicates that they are likely to have been infected for at least five years. For British people to benefit from these new medical advances it is crucial we tackle late HIV diagnoses.”