Doctors hope for cure in a 2nd baby born with HIV
This is incredibly sad. The poor baby did nothing to deserve this. I hope they actually do find a cure and find it soon. The sooner they’re able to cure her, the greater the chance that they’ll save her life.
In this undated image provided by Johns Hopkins Medicine in 2005 Dr. Deborah Persaud, a pediatric HIV expert at Johns Hopkins’ Child…
A second baby born with the AIDS virus may have had her infection put into remission and possibly cured by very early treatment — in this instance, four hours after birth.
Doctors revealed the case Wednesday at an AIDS conference in Boston. The girl was born in suburban Los Angeles last April, a month after researchers announced the first case from Mississippi. That was a medical first that led doctors worldwide to rethink how fast and hard to treat infants born with HIV, and the California doctors followed that example.
In another AIDS-related development, scientists have modified genes in the blood cells of a dozen adults to help them resist HIV. The results give hope that this approach might one day free at least some people from needing medicines to keep HIV under control, a form of cure. That study was published in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine.
I have to thank Amanda at Skepchicks for alerting me to this