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9-year-old child born with HIV is now free of infection

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A rare case of HIV remission has been reported in South Africa. 

A 9-year-old child there was diagnosed with an HIV infection as an infant. Doctors put the baby on anti-HIV medication and the treatment was able to suppress the virus enough to put the child into remission. 

The child has been off HIV medications for more than eight years, without any sign of the virus. 

This does not mean the child is cured, but provides hope that treating babies early on in infancy for a limited amount of time can spare them from life-long treatment.

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