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9-month-old baby may have been cured of HIV, US scientists say

Published on Mar 6, 2014 8:40 AM

BOSTON (REUTERS) - A 9-month-old baby who was born in California with the HIV virus that leads to Aids may have been cured as a result of treatments that doctors began just four hours after her birth, medical researchers said on Wednesday.

That child is the second case, following an earlier instance in Mississippi, in which doctors may have brought HIV in a newborn into remission by administering antiretroviral drugs in the first hours of life, said Dr Deborah Persaud, a paediatrics specialist with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, at a medical conference in Boston.

"The child... has become HIV-negative," Dr Persaud said, referring to the 9-month-old baby born outside Los Angeles, who is being treated at Miller Children's Hospital. The child's identify was not disclosed.

That child is still receiving a three-drug cocktail of anti-Aids treatments, while the child born in Mississippi, now 3-1/2 years old, ceased receiving antiretroviral treatments two years ago.

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