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2 Year Old Mississippi Child Cured of HIV


This definitely is a major break through in research for a lasting cure for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. According to CNN reports, a 2 year old Mississippi girl is the first child to be "functionally" cured of HIV. However, Doctors say this game changer was almost accidental.

A "functional cure" is when the presence of the virus is so small, lifelong treatment is not necessary and standard clinical tests cannot detect the virus in the blood.
 HIV girl's 'cure' a breakthrough 'Huge' implications in HIV treatment
The finding was announced at the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Atlanta.

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The unidentified girl was born HIV positive to a mother who received no prenatal care and was not diagnosed as HIV positive herself until just before delivery.
"We didn't have the opportunity to treat the mom during the pregnancy as we would like to be able do to prevent transmission to the baby," said Dr. Hannah Gay, a pediatric HIV specialist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Dr. Gay however stated that before the baby's HIV diagnosis -- may deserve "more emphasis than the particular drugs or number of drugs used."

"We are hoping that future studies will show that very early institution of effective therapy will result in this same outcome consistently," she said on the eve of the Atlanta conference.


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