MEDICAL MIRACLE

HIV+ Teen in Drugless Remission

Doctors are claiming that a French teenager born with HIV has contained the disease for 12 years without the help of antiretroviral drugs. The 18-year-old patient’s story was presented Monday at an International AIDS Society conference, and scientists say it’s the first time a case of early infection has been held in check for that long. The case is seen as an example of success when drugs are given to babies as soon as the virus is detected, but doctors say there's no way to make broader conclusions about the impact of early treatment based on a single patient.