HIV Baby Cure

Doctors say early treatment was the key to a "functional cure" of an American baby born with HIV.

FOX News Radio's Bill Vitka has the story:

A baby born with the AIDS virus appears - for the first time - to have been cured.  The infant, born in rural Mississippi, was treated with an aggressive regimen of drugs starting around 30 hours after birth, a step that is rarely done.

(Dr. Persaud) "We believe that perhaps the initiation of very early antiviral therapy prevented the formation of the viral reservoirs in central memory CD-4T cells that are the barriers to cure."

...Dr. Deborah Persaud of Johns Hopkins.  If the therapy works in other babies, it could dramatically change the treatment for infected newborns worldwide.

It's only the second documented case of a cure.  The first was an adult man where a bone marrow transplant left him HIV-free.

Bill Vitka, FOX News Radio.

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