Doctors Shocked by HIV 'Cure' in Newborn
Mississippi newborn received big drug cocktail right away
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2013 5:39 PM CST
This isn't the baby, but we liked the photo.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Doctors have all but cured an HIV baby by giving her a heavy drug cocktail immediately after she was born, NBC News reports. Announced today at a gathering of AIDS researchers, the case could inspire new treatments for a virus that has already infected some 34 million people and killed 25 million more. "What we have identified is what we think is the first well-documented case of a functional cure in a neonatal child," said Dr. Deborah Persaud, who led the study.

Born to an HIV-infected mother in Mississippi, the baby quickly received a three-drug cocktail at a higher dosage than usual. The virus plunged to undetectable levels, rendering it harmless, but amazingly the baby was still unaffected by HIV after missing several months of treatments. Now the challenge is to replicate this outcome: "Our next step is to find out if this is a highly unusual response ... or something we can actually replicate in other high-risk newborns," said Persaud.

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Mar 4, 2013 12:58 PM CST
Well, if this works, the hateful righties won't be able to say that those gay babies are being punished for their lifestyle choices.
Mar 4, 2013 7:26 AM CST
If only this were years rather than months
Mar 4, 2013 12:32 AM CST
As I hear it, there is already a 'cure', but not in the USA because in the US the definition of a cure starts with "a pharmaceutical that...", so the natural cures in Canada and some other countries cannot be recognized here because there natural cures.