Baby With HIV Cured

Baby With HIV Cured

According to AP, On sunday scientists announced that a baby born with the virus that causes AIDS appears to have been cured. They indicated that the case of a child from Mississippi who’s now 2½ and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection.

HIV/AIDs Specialists say Sunday’s announcement, at a major AIDS meeting in Atlanta, offers promising clues for efforts to eliminate HIV infection in children, especially in AIDS-plagued African countries where too many babies are born with the virus.

A doctor gave this baby faster and stronger treatment than is usual, starting a three-drug infusion within 30 hours of birth. That was before tests confirmed the infant was infected and not just at risk from a mother whose HIV wasn’t diagnosed until she was in labor.

In an interview, Dr. Hannah Gay, a pediatric HIV specialist at the University of Mississippi said: “I just felt like this baby was at higher-than-normal risk, and deserved our best shot.”

Dr. Deborah Persaud of Johns Hopkins' Children's Center in Baltimore

Dr. Deborah Persaud of Johns Hopkins’ Children’s Center in Baltimore

Dr. Deborah Persaud of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, who led the investigation said: “That fast action apparently knocked out HIV in the baby’s blood before it could form hideouts in the body. Those so-called reservoirs of dormant cells usually rapidly reinfect anyone who stops medication.”

The next step for Dr. Persaud and her team is to plan a study to try to prove that, with more aggressive treatment of other high-risk babies. “Maybe we’ll be able to block this reservoir seeding.”