(iWIDK By Dominick Cattarina) – Great news in the fight against AIDS.
Researchers have said that a Mississippi baby girl has been cured of HIV.
ABC News has reported that doctors are confirming that after a year of being taken off of HIV medication the baby girl is testing negative for the HIV virus. This is the second time in history that a person has been cured of HIV.
The baby was born with HIV and within less than 30 hours was administered anti-HIV drugs. The doctors took a much more aggressive approach than usual and bombarded the baby with a series of intense drugs. The baby was kept on the medication for up to 15-months, after which the doctors lost touch with the baby and her mother. It was not until 23-months later that the baby came back for a check-up. Since then, the mother had taken the baby off the HIV medication, something doctors usually never recommend. However, when testing the baby girl the doctors were surprised to see that her tests came up negative.
“This is a proof of concept that HIV can be potentially curable in infants,” said Dr Deborah Persaud, a virologist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, who presented the findings at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Atlanta.
The news is great and will most likely take HIV and AIDS research in a different direction.
The only other documented case of an HIV cure to date remains that of Timothy Brown, the so-called “Berlin patient.”
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