An infant who was born with HIV has essentially been “cured.”
From the Johns Hopkins News Network:
A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School describe the first case of a so-called “functional cure” in an HIV-infected infant. The finding, the investigators say, may help pave the way to eliminating HIV infection in children.
The infant in question received high doses of antiretroviral therapy within 30 hours of birth, according to Baltimore Fishbowl.
The child, born in Mississippi, continued to receive retroviral therapy for the first 18 months of life. During treatment, the virus’ presence in the child’s blood was detected at increasingly smaller levels, until it eventually became undetectable 29 days after birth.
Upon further testing ten months later, the blood tests again revealed no sign of HIV presence in the blood.
“Our next step is to find out if this is a highly unusual response to very early antiretroviral therapy or something we can actually replicate in other high-risk newborns,” says Hopkins virologist Deborah Persaud, the lead author of the report.
“Prompt antiviral therapy in newborns that begins within days of exposure may help infants clear the virus and achieve long-term remission without lifelong treatment by preventing such viral hideouts from forming in the first place,” Persaud says.
More in this astounding achievement in the video below.