Scientists announced Sunday at an AIDS meeting in Atlanta that a child from Mississippi born with AIDS appears to have been cured from the disease. The child is 2-years-old and has not taken medication for the virus in over a year, without any signs of infection.
The doctor that delivered the baby gave the child a faster and stronger treatment than usual, within 30 hours of the child’s birth. This was before tests even confirmed that the child was infected and not just at risk. The mother wasn’t diagnosed with HIV until she was in labor. The fast action by the doctor apparently knocked HIV out of the baby’s blood before it could form hideouts in the body.
Doctors are not guaranteeing that the child will remain healthy, but if so, it would mark the world’s second reported cure.