Has a cure been found? Two infants who were born with H.I.V. are now free of the AIDS causing virus. Find out how doctors and scientists are saving lives and making history.
A medical first — not one, but two babies born with the H.I.V. have been cured of the infection.
Two Infants Cured Of H.I.V. Infection
On Sunday, March 2 scientists announced that a baby in Mississippi who was born with H.I.V. has now been cured of the infection. On Wednesday, March 5, a second baby cured of the H.I.V. infection was announced at an AIDS conference in New York City.
The “Mississippi Baby” — as it is now referred to — received aggressive treatment with antiretroviral drugs starting at 30 hours after the baby was born. If this method continues to work, it will be recommended by scientists to doctors globally for babies born with H.I.V.
For now, a clinical trial is being recommended where at least 60 newborn babies with the H.I.V. infection will be put on the drug treatment within 48 hours of being born. However, it will take several years to know whether or not the clinical trial is successful. If it does prove successful, at least 250,000 babies born with H.I.V. will receive the treatment globally in an effort to eradicate the disease.
Mississippi H.I.V. For 3 Years
The “Mississippi Baby” who first received the aggressive drug treatment to cure it’s H.I.V. is now 3-years-old and still H.I.V. free.
The second baby, born in Long Beach, California, is now 9-months-old and is also still H.I.V. free. Sadly, the baby’s mother is mentally ill and suffers from full-blown AIDS, so the baby has been put into foster care. She is also still on the drugs that treated her H.I.V. infection, as doctors consider it medically unethical to stop the treatment.
Tell us, HollyMoms — What do you think of this potential H.I.V. cure? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
— Lauren Cox