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'Govt. is committed to finding HIV cure'

The Health Minister says the latest breakthrough by scientists researching HIV/Aids is a milestone.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi talks about the 2012 global Aids report and local data from the 2011 report. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

ROSEBANK - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Monday said the latest breakthrough by South African scientists researching HIV/Aids was a milestone.

Scientists from local and international universities have discovered a neutralising anti-body which they claim killed up to 88 percent of the HI-virus in two women.

Motsoaledi said the findings showed government was eager to find solutions to cure HIV.

"This reflects government's commitment, not only to funding treatment, but also to research to find solutions for the epidemic."

Scientists who participated in the research were funded by government, through the Department of Science and Technology.

Researchers have been working with two women for several years now, and have discovered a sugar which develops in the body and makes the virus more vulnerable.

Motsoaledi said he was proud of the contribution made by South African scientists.

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