Economy Hong Kong scientists say new research points to 'functional cure' for HIV Updated : June 15, 2018 02:16 PM IST The research by the team led by Professor Chen Zhiwei comes as China is facing a growing epidemic issue among high risk groups, including men who have sex with men and sex workers. There are about 850,000 people in China infected with HIV, according to the UN-supported AIDS Data Hub. The HIV virus disables the immune system and makes people far more vulnerable to infections and disease. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.