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The Only People Who Have Ever Been Cured of HIV/AIDS

September 21, 2014

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The Only People Who Have Ever Been Cured of HIV

Given how much the phrase "HIV cure" has been thrown around, you might start to think that we actually have one.

We don't. But we're getting closer.

Over the past few years, a tiny -- but slowly growing -- number of people appeared to have had active, living, reproducing HIV completely eliminated from their bodies. We say "appeared" because most of these individuals ultimately relapsed. However, there was a period of sustained remission that needs to be studied more.

This is uncharted territory, and researchers are still working hard to find ways to eradicate HIV or prolong the remission seen in some of these extraordinary cases. For that reason, we tend to refer to people with no sign of HIV in their bodies not as "cured," but as "functionally cured."

Here's a quick look at the most solidly documented "functional HIV cure" cases we know of today.

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