Baby Born With HIV May Be Cured

About 2880 candles are seen lit during a World AIDS Day event in Jakarta

A young girl from Mississippi who was born with HIV three years ago may now be cured. Doctors now have convincing evidence that they put HIV into remission, hopefully for good, a medical first that is prompting a new look at how hard and fast such cases should be treated.

The case was reported earlier this year but some doctors were skeptical that the baby was really infected rather than testing positive because of exposure to virus in the mom’s blood. The new report, published online Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine, makes clear that the girl, now 3, was infected in the womb. She was treated unusually aggressively and shows no active infection despite stopping AIDS medicines 18 months ago. Doctors won’t call it a cure because they don’t know what proof or how much time is needed to declare someone free of HIV infection, long feared to be permanent.

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Source: Yahoo News

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