Given how much the phrase "HIV cure" has been thrown around lately by the media, you might start to think that we actually have one.
We don't. But we're getting closer.
In the past few years, a tiny -- but slowly growing -- number of people appear to have had active, living, reproducing HIV completely eliminated from their bodies. We say "appear" because this is uncharted territory, and we're not yet certain how to be absolutely sure that a person's HIV infection has been eradicated. For that reason, we tend to refer to these people 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 -- and at one person whose functional cure may be settling in as you read this.