In an unbelievable medical episode, an infant girl from Mississippi was cured of the deadly HIV with the help of standard HIV drugs. This latest incident has promised newer insights into the eradication of the HIV disease. The groundbreaking case was reported from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson . The doctor in charge of the pathbreaking treatment was Dr. Hannah Gay, a pediatric HIV expert.
This is the first time where an infant has achieved functional cure for HIV. What is noteworthy is that the mother of the child received no prenatal HIV treatment. The girl was born in a rural hospital in July 2010 and ran a high risk of infection since birth. The child was later transferred to the Mississippi facility under the supervision of Dr. Gay. “This is a proof of concept that HIV can be potentially curable in infants,” said Dr. Deborah Persaud, a virologist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, who presented the findings at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Atlanta.
The Mississippi Baby, as the child is lovingly known now, was treated using a mix of popular drugs widely available for treating HIV in infants. Standard blood tests have confirmed the eradication of the HIV infection in the baby.