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Child born with HIV cured: Medical first greeted with excitement and caution

Monday, 4 March 2013

Child born with HIV cured: Medical first greeted with excitement and cautionby

Doctors confirmed the first case of cured HIV after a U.S. baby girl born with the virus appears to have been cured after early treatment

Atlanta, GA -- A baby girl born HIV-positive is considered "functionally cured" by doctors after an early treatment within 30 hours of her birth appears to have removed the virus from her blood.

The girl, now two-and-a-half years of age, has been off medication for more than a year and is showing no signs of HIV infection.

Dr Deborah Persaud, a virologist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, presented the findings at the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Atlanta, Georgia.

"This is a proof of concept that HIV can be potentially curable in infants," she said.

This latest medical achievement could have important implications for the 300,000 babies born worldwide every year with HIV. However, scientists cautioned that it is early days and larger studies will be needed.
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