Breakthrough in HIV/AIDS Research
A baby from Mississippi has been cured of the HIV/AIDS virus Video by fox47news.comvideo
It's being called a potential breakthrough in the quest for a cure for HIV. A Mississippi baby born with HIV is the first documented case of a child being cured of the virus.
Her HIV-infected mom did not have proper pre-natal care and didn't know she was HIV-positive. The baby's doctor decided to use an aggressive course of treatment, and two and a half years later, doctors have declared the child's virus "undetectable" leading to the scientific conclusion she is cured.
Hannah Day, a doctor from the University of Mississippi says, "Documentation of the patient who had an HIV virus and the virus has cleared but there is still still some evidence of mild particle In the child's body."
Doctor Gay grew concerned when the now-toddler hadn't returned for follow up care, her mom had stopped the treatment. When the baby was brought back for care, new tests showed the virus was essentially gone. "No she's not on therapy and we will not re-institute therapy unless we get some evidence of a replicating virus."
There is only one other reported case of an HIV patient learning their virus had been cured. An estimated 300,000 to 400,000 infants are born globally each year with the infection
Scientists insist more research is needed to see If what Dr. Gay prescribed for her patient will become the routine course of treatment of infants born to HIV moms.