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Extra! First Case Of Long-Term HIV Remission

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Libération, July 21, 2015

What is being hailed as the world's first known case of long-term remission from HIV, in an 18-year-old French woman born with the virus, is featured in today's Paris-based newspaper Libération with the headline, "Curing HIV."

The girl, who was born in 1996, contracted the virus that causes AIDS from her mother and was given four anti-retroviral drugs when she was three months old. For reasons that have not been made public, her family decided to stop the treatment when she was six.

But when she was tested again a year later, she had undetectable levels of HIV in her blood. Today, her HIV level is still below standards and she is healthy despite not taking any drugs. No scientific reasons for that have been found for the moment.

This could be the first long-term remission case in the world. In 2013 a Mississippi baby born with HIV had no detectable virus in her blood for 18 months, though the virus subsequently returned.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: Libération is a leading left-wing daily French newspaper based in Paris.

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Big Brother For The People: India's CCTV Strategy For Cracking Down On Police Abuse

"There is nothing fashionable about installing so many cameras in and outside one’s house," says a lawyer from a Muslim community. And yet, doing this has helped members of the community prove unfair police action against them.

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Survellance and tight security at the Lal Chowk area in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India on October 4, 2022

Sukanya Shantha

MUMBAI — When sleuths of the National Investigating Agency suddenly descended on human rights defender and school teacher Abdul Wahid Shaikh’s house on October 11, he knew exactly what he needed to do next.

He had been monitoring the three CCTVs that are installed on the front and the rear of his house — a chawl in Vikhroli, a densely populated area in suburban Mumbai. The cameras told him that a group of men and women — some dressed in Mumbai police’s uniform and a few in civil clothes — had converged outside his house. Some of them were armed and few others with batons were aggressively banging at the door asking him to immediately let them in.

This was not the first time that the police had landed at his place at 5 am.

When the policemen discovered the CCTV cameras outside his house, they began hitting it with their batons, destroying one of them mounted right over the door. This action was captured by the adjacent CCTV camera. Shaikh, holed up in his house with his wife and two children, kept pleading with the police to stop destroying his property and simply show them an official notice.

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