A year after news first broke of a young Mississippi child born with HIV to have beaten the virus, comes another exciting and ground-breaking story of a newborn baby who appears to be free of the virus after getting treatment.
The California baby was delivered at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach last summer to a mother with AIDS. About four hours after birth doctors gave her standard HIV treatment – which consists of high doses of antiretroviral drugs AZT, 3TC and Nevirapine — and six days later they said she had cleared the virus. According to CNN the virus has remained undetectable nine months later, although it is too soon to tell if the child is actually in remission as she’s still on treatment.
Dr. Deborah Persaud, a virologist with Johns Hopkins Children’s Center who has been involved in both cases said “Taking kids off antiretroviral therapy intentionally is not standard of care. At this time, there is no plan to stop treatment.”
In both cases, doctors attribute much of the success to treating the children early and although more research needs to be done before new standards are implemented, a clinical trial designed to test the effectiveness of the technique is reportedly set to begin in the next couple of months.
Doctors are also saying these two cases could have huge long-term implications for children born with HIV as well as adults. Check out the news clip above for more on this miraculous baby beats HIV case.
Other amazing medical breakthroughs
Be sure to check out a recent story of a group of doctors who made news for all the right reasons after injecting the HIV virus into a cancer-stricken girl. Or read up on how doctor’s may be closer to a cure for AIDS after discovering how HIV leads to the disease.