A 66-year-old man who has been living with HIV since the 1980s may be the fourth person to be cured of the HIV virus that causes AIDS since this global epidemic was discovered.
The story of this man who refused to reveal his identity was one of the reports at the International AIDS Conference, which ended last week in Montreal, Canada.
According to medical sources, the person known as “the City of Hope patient” – in reference to the hospital center where he received his antiretroviral treatment – has not had the virus in his body for more than 17 months and has already stopped taking it. of antiretroviral drugs.
Doctors explain that the patient was undergoing risky treatment for his leukemia, which accidentally eradicated HIV from his body.
“When I was diagnosed with HIV in 1988, like many others, I thought it was a death sentence,” the patient said.
“I never thought that I would live to see the day that I no longer had HIV. I am beyond grateful,” he added.
This case joins three others registered in the past, representing hope for the scientific community that continues to work to find a cure for this global epidemic.
Although cures are scarce, HIV treatment is available, and with consistent adherence to treatment, millions of lives have been saved.
In Mozambique, the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has supported the government’s response to HIV and AIDS since 2004. Since then, nearly $5 billion has been invested in HIV prevention, care and treatment, both clinically and community-based approaches, that have prevented millions of AIDS deaths. Currently, more than 1.7 million Mozambicans are receiving antiretroviral treatment and are able to live healthy lives.
PEPFAR and several national response stakeholders are committed to achieving the UNAIDS 95 95 95 goal to contain the HIV epidemic by 2030.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the US Embassy in Mozambique.
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