US baby cured of HIV by drug treatment


A baby in the US appears to have been successfully cured of HIV by early drug treatment, media report. Her infection was eradicated with a cocktail of widely available drugs that have already used to treat HIV infection in infants. It allegedly wiped out the deadly infection before it could find hideouts in her body. Dr. Deborah Persaud, who presented the findings at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Atlanta, said dormant cells usually rapidly re-infect anyone who stops medication. If
the 2.5-year-old child stays healthy, it will be the second case of HIV recovery after another child, Timothy Ray Brown, was cured in 2007 through a treatment for leukaemia that involved the destruction of his immune system and a stem cell transplant from a donor with a rare genetic mutation that resists HIV infection. The girl has been off medication for a year now and has shown no signs of infection. “This is a proof of concept that HIV can be potentially curable in infants," Dr. Persaud said. Voice of Russia, BBC, Source: Voice of Russia

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