Hopeful News For Babies Born Infected with HIV and AIDS

Posted: March 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

lowering AIDS risk to babies

via NPR

A child born with HIV has been cured of the virus, researchers say. Audie Cornish talks to Richard Knox about what was different about this child among the millions who’ve been treated in the past and what it means for the prospect of an HIV cure in adults.

 

KNOX: That’s, I think, the main excitement now. And it suggests – this case in Mississippi suggests that it’s possible to cure HIV infection in infants using drugs that are readily available and cheap. It doesn’t mean that it will be easy to do that within a day or two of birth. But researchers think that it will be doable and that at the will be available to do it because the stakes are so high. It could give thousands of children a lifetime free of antiviral drugs. But it’s going to take two or three years to show that this one case was not a fluke and to show how to do it consistently in the real world.

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