US Doctors find first “functional cure” for HIV-infected Child
Mississippi doctors are hopeful that after a year and a half, they have cured an infant (now toddler) who was born with HIV.
Dr Hannah Gay, who cared for the child at the University of Mississippi medical centre, told the Guardian the case amounted to the first “functional cure” of an HIV-infected child. A patient is considered functionally cured of HIV when standard tests are negative for the virus, but it is likely that a tiny amount remains in their body.
“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,” Gay said. “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,” she added.
Written by Sarah on March 4th, 2013 | Tagged as: Popular Culture
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