Doctors May Have Found The Cure For HIV
March 5, 2013 8 Comments
US Doctor Cures Child Born with HIV
Mississippi doctors make medical history made with first ‘functional cure’ of unnamed two-year-old born with the HIV virus who now needs no medication.
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. The infant, who is now two and a half, needs no medication for HIV, has a normal life expectancy and is highly unlikely to be infectious to others, doctors believe.
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 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.
Listen to Doctor Hannah Gay explain the process