HIV+ Baby Completely Healed Within 4 Hours of Treatment

By IAfrica
In Zimbabwe
Mar 8th, 2014

INTERNATIONAL-stripA toddler was healed within in four hours after ARV medication was administered soon after birth.

The baby infected with AIDS virus, was cured of the disease with “early treatment, a New Zealand Herald report reveals.

The announcement was made in an AIDS conference in Boston on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. The baby girl was born in Los Angeles in April, 2013. This was a month later after doctors reported the curing of the first baby subjected to the treatment in Mississippi.

The Mississippi baby is now three-and-half-years old and she is reportedly free of HIV virus. She has not received any treatment since two years. On the other hand, a Los Angeles baby is still undergoing the course of HIV AIDS medication and treatment. And it is not yet confirmed if her infection is completely cured.

The baby from Mississippi was put on treatment with antiretroviral drugs. The treatment started 30 hours after the baby was born. The case led to skepticism and speculations worldwide. But the second success story has provided a ray of hope and further testing and trials of the method followed by doctors in the two HIV AIDS cases of newborn babies.

After conducting “hosts of tests at multiple times,” Dr. Deborah Persaud who is a physician at Johns Hopkins University told “Los Angeles baby has completely cleared the virus,” according to New Zealand Herald report. It is reported that LA baby is showing different signs from those whose “infections are merely suppressed by successful treatment.”

Researchers have announced a clinical trial of this method that could possibly cure HIV AIDS in the babies born with it. It is said during this trial about 60 newborn babies infected with HIV AIDS virus will be put on these drugs within 48 hours of birth. However, doctors will have to follow-up for several years before they could conclude if the clinical trial is a success. If the treatment works during the clinical trials, approximately 250,000 babies will be subjected to treatment, each year globally.

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