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Tests suggest baby born with HIV may be cured

Doctors now have convincing evidence that they put HIV into remission,
hopefully for good, in a Mississippi baby born with the AIDS virus. It’s a
medical first that has prompted a study to test early aggressive treatment in
other babies born with HIV.

The case was reported earlier this year but some doctors were skeptical that
the baby was really infected rather than testing positive because of exposure to
virus in the mom’s blood.

A report published Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine shows the
girl was infected in the womb. She is now 3 and shows no active infection
despite stopping the drugs 18 months ago.

Doctors say it will take more time to say whether she is cured.


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