HIV: Reversing a death sentence

Amid gains in treating and preventing HIV, scientists are angling for a cure

By Bryn Nelson, 16:26 PM November 25, 2013

In 2010, a U.S. family — the Howertons — adopted 5-year-old Duzi from South Africa. At 8, the boy now dances hip-hop and plays so many sports that his mom, Jodie, can hardly keep track. In nearly every way, he is a normal, active third-grader.

Earlier this year, however, the Howertons decided to share a secret. Duzi (DEW zee) had been born with HIV. It’s the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome, better known as AIDS.

A few years ago, German doctors stunned the world by revealin...

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