U.S. Girl Born With HIV Still Virus-Free

Health & Family

A two-year-old Mississippi girl born with HIV still shows no evidence of the disease in her blood, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The girl’s physicians say she likely contracted the virus in the womb, and within days she was confirmed to be HIV-positive. In hopes of controlling the infection, the girl was given high doses of three antiretroviral drugs 30 hours after birth and remained on the antiretrovirals for about 15 months.

Experts say timing of the intervention, not the drugs or amount of drugs used, may deserve more emphasis in controlling the infection, CNN reports.

Researchers announced in March that the girl was the first child “functionally cured” of HIV, meaning standard tests can’t detect the virus in the blood and lifelong treatment isn’t necessary.

[New England Journal of Medicine]

View original post


Leave a comment

No comments yet.

Comments RSS TrackBack Identifier URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s