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  1. #1
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    Jan 2004

    Scientists say baby born with HIV apparently cured


    WASHINGTON (AP) — A baby born with the virus that causes AIDS appears to have been cured, scientists announced Sunday, describing the case of a child from Mississippi who's now 2 1/2 and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection.

    There's no guarantee the child will remain healthy, although sophisticated testing uncovered just traces of the virus' genetic material still lingering. If so, it would mark only the world's second reported cure.

    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.

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

    That fast action apparently knocked out HIV in the baby's blood before it could form hideouts in the body. ..............

    The Mississippi case shows "there may be different cures for different populations of HIV-infected people," said Dr. Rowena Johnston of amFAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. That group funded Persaud's team to explore possible cases of pediatric cures.

    It also suggests that scientists should look back at other children who've been treated since shortly after birth, including some reports of possible cures in the late 1990s that were dismissed at the time, said Dr. Steven Deeks of the University of California, San Francisco, who also has seen the findings.

    "This will likely inspire the field, make people more optimistic that this is possible," he said.

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  2. #2
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    Dec 2008
    Penn's woods
    The potential that this promises makes this the best news I've heard in a very long time! I hope it turns out to be as promising as it sounds!

  3. #3
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    Feb 2010
    Nothing to see here, move along...
    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    The potential that this promises makes this the best news I've heard in a very long time! I hope it turns out to be as promising as it sounds!
    Agreed, and agreed again.

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