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Infant Apparently Cured of HIV — Physician’s First Watch

Medical News |
March 4, 2013

Infant Apparently Cured of HIV

By Joe Elia

An HIV-positive infant started on antiretroviral therapy at 30 hours of age has apparently been cured and remains free of signs of the infection at age 30 months, according to a New York Times report.

The child's clinical history strongly suggests that the infection occurred during gestation rather than delivery. An attending physician ordered the child be started on a three-drug regimen usually given as treatment, rather than one used for prophylaxis.

Asked to comment, Paul Sax of Journal Watch HIV/AIDS Clinical Care wrote: "This second case of apparent cure of HIV is likely to fuel further research on strategies to eradicate the virus; it also indirectly supports the potential benefits of very early aggressive treatment of HIV."

Reader Comments (1)

Jan M Orenstein

Please! "Loose Lips Sink Ships"

We should know better than to use the word "cure", it is irresponsible, let alone likely inaccurate!

Competing interests: None declared

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