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Baby thought cleared of HIV has virus again: US

Published on Jul 11, 2014 3:57 AM
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A baby girl born in the southern US state of Mississippi, who was thought to have been cleared of HIV, has seen her infection return, US scientists said Thursday.

The child, now four, was born in 2010 to an HIV-infected mother who was untreated during pregnancy. The baby was given a potent dose of anti-retroviral medication 30 hours after birth, and tested positive for HIV. She went off her medication to suppress the human immunodeficiency virus when she was 18 months old, but somehow remained disease-free, showing no detectable level of the virus for more than two years.

Her case raised hopes that doctors may have found a way to cure young children who are born HIV-positive, simply by treating them with drugs early.

"Certainly, this is a disappointing turn of events for this young child, the medical staff involved in the child's care, and the HIV/AIDS research community," said Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute on Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

 
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