U.S. baby’s cure from HIV raises hope, new questions

U.S. baby’s cure from HIV raises hope, new questions

Treatment of HIV-infected mothers before delivery is the best way to prevent HIV infection of infants, experts say.
Treatment of HIV-infected mothers before delivery is the best way to prevent HIV infection of infants, experts say.

[REUTERS]

The remarkable case of a baby being cured of HIV infection in the United States using readily available drugs has raised new hope for eradicating the infection in infants worldwide, but scientists say it will take a lot more research and much more sensitive diagnostics before this hope becomes a reality.

In a medical first for an infant, the Mississippi toddler was born in July 2010 infected with HIV, treated within 30 hours of delivery with aggressive HIV therapy, which continued for 18 months. She is now considered cured of her infection, a team of researchers led by Dr. Deborah Persaud, a virologist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, said in a news conference at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Atlanta on Sunday.

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