“Baby with HIV Is Cured, Doctors Say”
Worldwide about 330,000 babies are born HIV-positive yearly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “with proper prenatal treatment we can prevent about 99 percent of mother-to-child HIV infections.” A newly born infant was born in Mississippi and was quickly transferred to University of Mississippi Medical Center. At the University, Dr. Hannah B. Gay started the infant on a “robust antiretroviral regimen” instead of the usual low-dose prophylactic medicines that is given to an infant. Investigators believe the antiretroviral treatment may have “stopped the formation of hard-to-treat viral reservoirs.” “Prompt antiviral therapy in newborns that begins within days of exposure may help infants clear the virus and achieve long-term remission without lifelong treatment by preventing such viral hideouts from forming in the first place,” said Persaud.
– Brandon Vazquez