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Early Treatment May Have Cured Baby's HIV Infection

A baby in rural Mississippi appears to have been cured of an HIV infection, likely because doctors started treatment 30 hours after birth. This is “the first well documented case” of its kind, said pediatrician Deborah Persaud at a press conference held at the start of the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections here. Persaud, who works at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, has not treated the child herself, but did intensive studies of blood samples that led her and colleagues to conclude that unusually early treatment may have set the stage for the 2-and-a-half-year-old from rural Mississippi—whose gender and caretakers aren’t being identified for privacy reasons—to clear a robust infection…..

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