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Is there a cure for HIV or AIDS?

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There is currently no cure for HIV/AIDS, but there are effective treatment options that can keep the HIV infection under control and prevent AIDS. Read more about HIV treatments.

The best option is always prevention. Read more about preventing HIV infection.

In 2013, NICHD-supported researchers reported that a 2-year-old child who was born with HIV and was treated starting in the first few days of life appears to be cured of HIV. This appears to be the first case of functional cure of HIV, meaning that there was no HIV detected or signs of disease, even with no further treatment. More research is needed to see if the child remains disease-free and if other infants can be cured in the same way.  More information is available in this NICHD news release

Last Reviewed: 06/04/2013
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