- Jun 9, 2007
American scientists have reported that they have managed to cure a baby born of HIV by treaing it with high doses of commonly available HIV medication from within two days of birth. The findings point the way to a possible means of treating and curing HIV in infants.
BBC News - US HIV baby 'cured' by early drug treatmentMore testing needs to be done to see if the treatment would have the same effect on other children.
But the results could possibly lead to a cure for children with HIV.
If the child stays healthy it would be only the world's second reported cure.
Dr Deborah Persaud, a virologist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, presented the findings at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Atlanta.
"This is a proof of concept that HIV can be potentially curable in infants," she said.