Study in DR Congo shows 4% of HIV carriers can suppress the virus

March, 03, 2021 The discovery of a large group of people, whose bodies, naturally control HIV without taking medication, is leading to hopes of an eventual cure.

In a study in DR Congo say, 4 percent of HIV carriers were able to suppress the virus.

Typically less than 1 percent of people with HIV are able to do so.

This could serve as a springboard, for further research to develop a vaccine or new treatments, to tackle the virus that causes Aids.

Dr Mary Rodgers, head of Abbott’s global viral surveillance programme, said the group in DR Congo was the biggest to be found in one country.

Another 1 percent of people living with HIV in Cameroon, were also identified as controlling the virus well without medication.

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