Baby born with AIDS virus appears to have been cured

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A baby born with the AIDS virus appears to have been cured, scientists announced Sunday, describing the case of a child from Mississippi who’s now two and a half years old 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 seen,” Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health, who is familiar with the findings, told The Associated Press.

A doctor gave this baby faster and stronger treatment than is usual, starting a three-drug infusion within 30 hours of birth. That was before tests confirmed the infant was infected and not just at risk from a mother whose HIV wasn’t diagnosed until she was in labor.


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12 COMMENTS

    • In reply to #1 by joost:

      Yawn. Let me know when there’s a “cure” for AIDS such that lifelong medication is no longer needed. Diabetes too.

      Well I’m sorry to hear this kind of news doesn’t meet your standards but I have news for you. That’s how science and scientific research works: in slow, gradual steps. Sometimes it’s so slow it seems to grind to a halt and the more complex the problem, the longer it takes. It is tragic that people are suffering and dying in the mean time but that’s the history of mankind. Two centuries ago, people were dying from appendicitis and stomach ulcers, conditions which are easily cured by surgery and medication today.

      So it’s tempting to be dismissive when we or someone we know is afflicted by an incurable disease and that most likely, a cure won’t be found in time to save them. But thanks to this breakthrough and others to come, there will be a cure someday. Every step counts no matter how small it may seem.

      • In reply to #8 by NearlyNakedApe:

        Well I’m sorry to hear this kind of news doesn’t meet your standards but I have news for you.

        This should not have made the news at all, much less headlines around the world. They barely have a working hypothesis at this point. Why was it even announced, I wonder. And it certainly does not follow from this article that a cure for AIDS is around the corner. This kind of news article serves only to mislead the layman.

  1. In Mississippi, Gay gives the child a check-up every few months: “I just check for the virus and keep praying that it stays gone.”

    Dr. Gay, please help this child with everything you know from years of medical school that you worked your way through. That is a fantastic accomplishment. Your accumulated knowledge is what helped this child, not delusional god-talk. Prayer is useless in the medical field. It’s irresponsible and unethical to encourage patients to engage in delusional thinking. Give people the facts in a way that they can understand it, based on their own level of education. They will process the facts as best they can. We need to provide RATIONAL psychological support.

  2. “Yawn. Let me know when there’s a “cure” for AIDS such that lifelong medication is no longer needed. Diabetes too.”

    Really joost? All the progress on treatment made since the 80s, meaning HIV is no longer a death sentence, bores you? Maybe you should ask someone with diabetes whether insulin is a matter is disinterest.

    • In reply to #3 by paulmcuk:

      Really joost? All the progress on treatment made since the 80s, meaning HIV is no longer a death sentence, bores you? Maybe you should ask someone with diabetes whether insulin is a matter is disinterest.

      Sorry, I’m not impressed by this. I expected more from medical science after 20, 30, 40 or even 50 years. People are still scared to death of AIDS and diabetes. Not to mention cancer, Alzheimers and countless other “death sentences” with no cures costing us hundreds of billions of dollars in treatments and surgeries annually worldwide (to buy a few more years of life). Not to mention all the precautions we are supposed to take to “prevent” (delay is more likely) these diseases. Lifelong dieting, exercise, prophylactics etc. No educated person can ever put another tasty thing in their mouth ever again without feeling guilty.

      I saw a documentary the other day which said they put the first man on the moon (1969) with only a fraction of the computational power we have in a single personal smartphone today. Now that’s impressive science in my book!

      • In reply to #6 by joost:

        In reply to #3 by paulmcuk:

        Really joost? All the progress on treatment made since the 80s, meaning HIV is no longer a death sentence, bores you? Maybe you should ask someone with diabetes whether insulin is a matter is disinterest.

        Sorry, I’m not impressed by this. I expected more from medical science after 20, 30, 40 or even 50 years. People are still scared to death of AIDS and diabetes. Not to mention cancer, Alzheimers and countless other “death sentences” with no cures costing us hundreds of billions of dollars in treatments and surgeries annually worldwide (to buy a few more years of life). Not to mention all the precautions we are supposed to take to “prevent” (delay is more likely) these diseases. Lifelong dieting, exercise, prophylactics etc. No educated person can ever put another tasty thing in their mouth ever again without feeling guilty.

        I saw a documentary the other day which said they put the first man on the moon (1969) with only a fraction of the computational power we have in a single personal smartphone today. Now that’s impressive science in my book!

        Yeah, but in all this time they still haven’t got to Mars. Losers.

        Dare I suggest that you go and cure AIDS then? You do have access to many times the computer power of the moon landing so it should be easy enough.

  3. I found more information on this article here.

    “Up until two or three years ago, the general scientific belief was that a cure for HIV was impossible: that we shouldn’t research it or invest in it,” said Frater.

    “Cases like this tell us that a cure for HIV is not impossible… that this is an area of research that we should concentrate on.”

    One wonders research into how many other serious diseases are generally deemed not worthy of “further investment”. I suppose if “prevention” and lifelong medication are “good enough”, why waste time and money on mythical cures, right?

    Look at this page by the CDC.

    “The use of PEP for non-work-related exposure is controversial because of fear it will encourage risky behaviors. It’s important to keep in mind that even among health care workers, PEP is not 100% effective in preventing HIV. “

    Apparently, there’s also a “controversy” over who “deserves” the best treatment due to fear of “encouraging” risky (unBiblical?) behaviors. So, no… I’m not impressed. Appalled at all this is more like it.

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