Rare HIV cure reported in 26 month old infant

Kathleen Blanchard's picture
Team of scientists report HIV cure in infant.
Advertisement

In a first finding, researchers describe how a 26 month old infant is now functionally cured of HIV thanks to rapid administration of antiretroviral therapy (ART) that was given within 30 hours of birth.

Scientists from Johns Hopkins Children's Center, the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the University of Massachusetts Medical School presented the finding at the at the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Atlanta today.

According to the researchers, ART given quickly was likely responsible for what they are calling a ‘functional cure’ that could last for life.

Deborah Persaud, M.D., lead author on the report said in a press release, "Prompt antiviral therapy in newborns that begins within days of exposure may help infants clear the [HIV] virus and achieve long-term remission without lifelong treatment by preventing such viral hideouts from forming in the first place.

The infant is considered cured because no HIV can be detected in the blood with standard tests.

Advertisement

A ‘functional cure’ differs from a sterilizing cure in that traces of the infection are minimal versus the HIV being completely eradicated.

So far there has only been one reported case of a ‘sterilizing cure’ that occurred in an HIV positive man given a bone marrow transplant for leukemia. It turns out the bone marrow contained rare genetically mutated cells that make people resistant to HIV.

According to specialists, the phenomenon is extremely rare and may change the ways infants whose mothers are HIV positive are treated around the time of giving birth.

The scientists aren’t sure if this is a rare case that can be replicated. Persaud said the next step is to find that out.

Current treatment involves giving infants preventive combination antiviral treatment for six weeks and then therapeutic doses of the drugs if and when HIV is detected. The researchers say early therapy may instead be the key for curing HIV in infants, but more studies are needed before practice changing guidelines would be instituted. The infant in the report was 'cured' of HIV at 29 days.

Source:
CROI
March 3-6, 2013

Image credit: Wikimedia commons

Advertisement

Comments

Good day viewer want to use this opportunity to shear my testimony to everyone on this forum, my am USA, I have been suffering from HIV/Aids for over 5years now,my family and friends left because of the sickness. i have spent all the money i have to make sure i get well again,but there was no solution.until last month January 20th 2014, I came in contact with a traditional doctor also known as a chief priest on a newspaper who is called DR.ABEGBE who has help so much people to cure their HIV aids and different kind of disease, firstly i taught it was a joke i never believe him,i just contact him to know if he can reeling help me or not.i email him,and he reply me and said that if i am ready for this work and i told him yes, and he collected my details and told me that,he will take to his gods for solution, after he has finished consulting his oracle he will let me know,and tell me how he is going to carrying on with the casting of the HIV disease out of life. after he have finish casting the disease, he told what to do and i obey him. he told me to go for a medical check up, and i did, to my greatness surprise i find out that I was not with any HIV disease anymore, my friends and families who left me before run back to me. I now found out that God in Heaven is using this man to bless and heal us all, he is a great and powerful man, again I say to you sir, that God almighty will uplift you and your great work you did for I and other people. Pl i will sincerely advice all HIV patient to contact this great powerful man called DR.ABEGBE for your solutions now at email: [email protected] OR [email protected] or he will help you on your HIV problems and any kinds of diseases with is spiritual power and his tradition herb.if will have up to ten people like him,no body will suffer this disease again...email: [email protected] +2348167022540 this are the work he also do?Kideny problem,cancel,heart problem,diabeties,and it can also bring back your lover