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Scientists say baby born with HIV apparently cured

March 3, 2013 • National News


This image released by the University of Mississippi Medical Center shows Dr. Hannah Gay, a pediatric HIV specialist at the University of Mississippi, Friday, March 1, 2013. A baby born with the AIDS virus appears to have been cured, scientists announced Sunday, March 3, 2013, describing the case of a child from Mississippi who’s now 2½ and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection. “I just felt like this baby was at higher-than-normal risk, and deserved our best shot,” said Gay. (AP Photo/ University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jay Ferchaud)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A baby born with the virus that causes AIDS appears to have been cured, scientists announced Sunday, describing the case of a child from Mississippi who’s now 2½ and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection.

There’s no guarantee the child will remain healthy, although sophisticated testing uncovered just traces of the virus’ genetic material still lingering. If so, it would mark only the world’s second reported cure.

Specialists say Sunday’s announcement, at a major AIDS meeting in Atlanta, offers promising clues for efforts to eliminate HIV infection in children, especially in AIDS-plagued African countries where too many babies are born with the virus.

“You could call this about as close to a cure, if not a cure, that we’ve Login to read more

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