A baby born with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, appears to have been cured, scientists announced at a meeting on Sunday in Atlanta. They described the case of a child — as yet unnamed — from Mississippi who is now 2 1/2. The child has been off medication for about a year and appears to be free 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. Continue reading