HIV cured in a baby for the first time?

HIV baby Once again the media runs with a headline without checking their facts. On Sunday researchers announced a newborn baby had been “cured” of HIV for the first time.

HIV is the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome or AIDS. The newborn girl acquired the infection from her mother while she was still in the womb.

Normally, pregnant women who test HIV positive are given a cocktail of drugs (antiretroviral therapy) to prevent HIV transmission to their fetus.

Using this therapy, doctors have been very successful in preventing most cases of HIV transmission from mothers to newborns for many years now.

In the Mississippi case, the mother’s HIV infection was not known until she was about due to deliver. So antiretroviral therapy was initiated very late in the third trimester.

In presenting her research at the CDC in Atlanta, Dr. Hannah Gay, a pediatric HIV specialist at Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, says she began antiviral drug treatment on the neonate within 30 hours of her birth, before her blood test results had come back to confirm the diagnosis.

When the newborn’s HIV results came back positive, her viral load was already declining (due to the drugs) until the HIV virus was undetectable in her bloodstream 29 days after her birth.

According to researchers, this is not a complete cure; it is only a “functional cure,” meaning the newborn’s HIV viral load is not completely cleared.

The viral load is simply too low to be detected in the baby’s bloodstream. That means the virus can be hiding or lying dormant in her organs.

The hospital claims the newborn girl will not need lifelong antiviral treatment. But that’s not exactly true either, since the virus can begin replicating itself in her body later on in life.

She will need follow-up care, and maybe one viral suppression drug, to make sure the virus continues to lie dormant in her body.

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  • Photo: File photo found on the Internet



     


    50 Responses to “HIV cured in a baby for the first time?”

    1. 1
      WUT IZ THA PROBLEM!? says:

      hmmm, at least this is moving in the right direction.. :shrug:

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      Trendsetter says:

      Morning Roses

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      Pickachu Tran says:

      Morning ROSES and LURKERS…

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      missmiami says:

      :waves: either way it’s a blessing and happy a female doctor of color is getting some credit :tea:

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      iscream says:

      I thought babies born with the virus could beat it because they develop their own immunization system after awhile. :shrug:

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      iscream says:

      These crooks probably always had a cure and is trying to act like this is some breakthru story.

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      Miany says:

      @iscream :cosign:
      This ‘cure’ is not new….I thank god they finally decided to share this with folk as opposed to just watching them die.. :tea:

    8. 8
      Miany says:

      Good Morning :hi: Wutiz, Trendsetter, Picka, Miss Miami, iScream

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      libra80sbaby says:

      I saw this article this weekend. :yes: Good stuff. although I believe there is already a cure, they will NOT release it because the money is made from medicines and grants for “research” :coffee:

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      Pickachu Tran says:

      Morning Miany :hi:

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      libra80sbaby says:

      :waves: Good morning Roses!! Was down the whole weekend :sick: but that Z-Pak is doin what it do and I feel a lot better.

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      LadieLeo says:

      If Magic Johnson can still be walking around here looking plump and healthy you can’t tell me there ain’t a cure. But like Chris Rock said the monies in the medicine…..ain’t no money in a cure :tea:

      Good Morning All :waves:

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      Nakeya_j says:

      Good Morning Roses!!!

      although I believe there is already a cure, they will NOT release it because the money is made from medicines and grants for “research”
      —–
      This is so very true. Of course there is a cure. smdh.

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      prynsexxx says:

      @Missmiami

      Is that your new “fat transfer” :buttshake: ? :think:

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      that_VA_thickchick says:

      Morning Ya’ll

      Wut
      Pickachu
      LadieLeo :love:
      pryn
      keya
      miany
      libra
      iscream
      msmiami
      trend

      :hi:

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      Bird says:

      I’m not ready to call them liars yet. They are far more skilled at this than I am. Time will tell. Meanwhile God bless the little one and the mother who now has to live with the disease.

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      WUT IZ THA PROBLEM!? says:

      :hi: VA and MIANY

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      missmiami says:

      :happy: MONDAY

    19. 19
      LadieLeo says:

      Morning VA :kiss: is the household feeling better?

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      prynsexxx says:

      Ladie says:

      the monies in the medicine…..ain’t no money in a cure
      _______________________

      You ain’t know? What baffles me is, we live in this “GREAT” country with all these wonderful doctors and scientist and chemist of the world and we can’t even find the cure for the “common cold”? Really?

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      Bootcampgirl says:

      For all you mothers’, aren’t there tests done way before the 3rd trimester, that would have detected this early on?

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      Nakeya_j says:

      :wave: Hey VA! Morning!

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      Nakeya_j says:

      For all you mothers’, aren’t there tests done way before the 3rd trimester, that would have detected this early on?
      —-
      They took my blood often, so I would like to say yes.

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      LadieLeo says:

      prynsexxx says:

      _______________________

      You ain’t know? What baffles me is, we live in this “GREAT” country with all these wonderful doctors and scientist and chemist of the world and we can’t even find the cure for the “common cold”? Really?
      ***************************************************************
      Or to fix these sinuses

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      that_VA_thickchick says:

      LadieLeo says:

      Morning VA :kiss: is the household feeling better?
      __________
      Yeah we’re all doing well. How was your weekend?

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      NaijaGal says:

      For all you mothers’, aren’t there tests done way before the 3rd trimester, that would have detected this early on?
      ============================
      you’re probably assuming she did any prenatal care…the birth may have been the first time she stepped into a hospital

      Morning Folks :hi:

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      Crickett says:

      Wow, very courageous of the doctor in Mississippi. From what I think I know, the virus reprograms healthy cells that in turn attack the body. What the doctor was able to do was stop the reprogramming, but as Sandra said the virus may be dormant in the organs awaiting an opportunity to regenerate. I wonder if she was vaccinated after birth with all the other viruses or if she has to live in a plastic bubble.

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      Unshakable says:

      GM roses, weeds, thorns, and fertilizers,

      @topic – I’m glad you cleared this up Auntie. When Magic endorsed that one drug, some people thouht he was cured. Although it’s a step in the right direction (as a previous rose mentioned) it’s important to distinguish between completely cured and low viral load. :yes:

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      NaijaGal says:

      I remember this chick that was on Oprah who got HIV from her downlow husband…she really didn’t have any money, had been on welfare…anywho she found a new mate and they decided to have a child…I thought that was very selfish of her

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      Miany says:

      :hi: that_VA

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      prynsexxx says:

      the birth may have been the first time she stepped into a hospital
      ________________________________

      It happens all too often.

    32. 32
      Unshakable says:

      *thought

      Calling all roses: Please say here or present when I call your name.

      Wut
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      *And all other roses with whom I am so cool, we have shorthand between us and their names need not be mentioned, because we have telepathically spoken. :hahaha:

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      Nakeya_j says:

      lol Morning unshakable

    34. 34
      that_VA_thickchick says:

      HERE!!!!!!!!!!!

      :wave:

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      Ididntreallymeanit says:

      Morning Everyone :waves:

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      prynsexxx says:

      (barely/skippin class) PRESENT :yawn: LOL

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      NaijaGal says:

      UNSHAKE shake’em up, shake’em :waves:

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      Miany says:

      @Unshakable…’president’ <~~I used to say that all the time in 3rd grade, trying not to say 'here' like the other kids, thinking I sounded educated meanwhile I'm saying the wrong word :smack:

      @Naija.. :waves: agreed. I actually think it's overall selfish to have a kid in any situation when you KNOW you will not be around for very long….(she coulda just adopted if she wanted to start a new family)..I guess she will say we don't have the right to judge her ovaries

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      Milky says:

      Good Morning
      thickchick
      nakeya
      unshakable
      pryn
      naija :kiss:
      miany
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      missmiami
      wut wut :hug:
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      libra glad ur feeling better

      All the other Roses and Lurkers!

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      prynsexxx says:

      :newpost: sinkhole

    41. 41
      NaijaGal says:

      MILKY :kiss:

      btw :newpost: is up

    42. 42
      NaijaGal says:

      MIANY :waves: girl I was outdone…and they did it the traditional way :smack:

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      Unshakable says:

      Morning to my sr fam! I enjoy you all so much! My fam does my day a world of good! :hug:

      @Miany – and you know this gooftroop had to say, “Yes?” As if I couldn’t believe someone had the audacity to say my name. Irony is, I was the only dot in class. #justratchet :rofl:

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      PumpkinsMama says:

      Wut
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      Good Mornting :waves: Totally cut and pasted that, thanks Unshake :tea: :rofl:

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      Str8tUpMenace says:

      The cure was created when the virus was created :coffee:

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      MSVALLDAY says:

      Hey I like where this is headed.

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      Trucie says:

      Wow. Thanks for clearing that up Sandra. So most likely shell have to get testing every year of her life waiting for tye ball to drop, if it ever does. But still its good that theyre on top of it. Thats sad.

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      Lady_Elle says:

      I hope that the mother does not do anything that might expose this baby to the virus again.

      Is it possible that this could happen Auntie Sandra?

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      cocoa49 says:

      I have to give it to you Sandra, I love how you make thinks clear.

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      JessPeachy says:

      Sandra why do you have a picture of a baby when the child is now a toddler? The child will need no lifelong treatment or treatment later in life, doctors are saying. I’m really proud of Gay doing this. For once, our state is nationally recognized for something that is good!

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