Doctors have made medical history by managing to successfully cure a child that was born with HIV.
The child whose name has been kept hidden for privacy reasons was born in Mississippi state and was considered high risk because the mother was unaware she had HIV until it was too late to give her the medication usually administered to prevent the virus being passed on to the newborn child. After being born the baby was given a treatment of antiretroviral drugs with the expectation of needing to take the medication for life, yet within a month the level of HIV in the baby's blood was so low it was almost undetectable.
"Now after at least one year of taking no medicine, this child's blood remains free of virus even on the most sensitive tests available," said Dr Hannah Gay. "We expect that this baby has great chances for a long, healthy life. We are certainly hoping that this approach could lead to the same outcome in many other high-risk babies."
"Doctors in the US have made medical history by effectively curing a child born with HIV, the first time such a case has been documented."
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