According to researchers, a baby girl born with HIV in the US is believed to
have been cured after early treatment.
The child, now two and a half years old, showed no signs of infection after
being taken off medication for about a year.
In Atlanta, at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections,
Dr. Deborah Persuad presented the findings.
The virologist from John Hopkins University explained, "This is a proof of concept that HIV can be potentially curable in infants."
However, more testing is expected before the same effect of the treatment can
be confirmed among other children. But there are high chances that the results
of the baby girl born in Mississippi may lead to a cure for children with HIV.
If the girl remains healthy then it would be the world's second case of a
child being cured of HIV. However the usage of drugs to treat the two cases were
Timothy Ray Brown, was the first person in the world to be cured of HIV but
by an elaborate means for medication used for leukaemia. The treatment
involved a stem cell transplant from a donor with rare genetic mutation that
resists HIV infection.
However, in the case of the two year old from Mississippi, widely available
range of medication for treating HIV among infants were used.