Doctors cure HIV infected baby – giving her the cocktail within 30 hours after being born. after a month it turned out the virus disappeared completely from her body. The doctors continued the treatment for a year and a half and from tests they conducted it showed the baby is completely healthy. researchers:”This is proof that you can destroy the hiv virus in new born babies.”
A new-born that was born with the HIV virus in Mississippi USA was treated with the standard cocktail for 17 months, which is given to all HIV patients – and by this day – there is no memory of the virus in her body. So say the researchers from the university of Jones Hopkins in Baltimore. According to the researchers this is a real breakthrough for treating the virus.
The baby was born in the hospital short time after it was discovered her mother is HIV positive. for that reason it was not possible to treat the mother before the birth, making the chances of a having an HIV baby even lower. for that reason – within 30 hours after the birth – the baby received cocktail treatment against the virus. The cocktail, was not different from what others receive normally.
Already on the first days of the treatment the doctors noticed the Withdrawal of the virus, and 29 days after her birth – the HIV was no where to be find in the baby’s body. the doctors continue with the treatment for 17 months, until, for no apparent reason, the mother stopped bringing the baby to the clinic – which is why she didn’t receive her cocktail. 10 months afterwards the baby was examined again – showing no trace of the virus in her body.
“This baby is the proof that you can cure HIV virus in new-born babies” said the Virologist Dr. Debora Persu, while showing the findings in a convention in Atlanta.
“It’s about understanding the world of medicine and the way it acts in children’s bodies” added Dr. Roana Johnston, the head of the cure for HIV foundation
Now the researchers are trying to find biological signs that will allow a stop of treatment in the clinical experiment. If they understand exactly what made the virus disappear, they hope to duplicate the treatment to other babies.
It is important to state that today, the cocktail is only given in a progressed stage of the Virus, although there are some who call to start the treatment in the early stages as well. This case might make the second argument stronger.
It is important to say that this case of curing the HIV infected baby is different from former cases of HIV positives healing from the virus. The most familiar being the one Leukemia patient who was cured from HIV after receiving a bone marrow transplant. He received his transplant in 2007. four years later he received double good new: he was cured from the cancer , and no memory of the HIV virus was left in his body.
The doctors explained that the bone marrow that was found fitting for transplant was from a man with a rare genetic deform that prevents him from catching the HIV virus. like him there are a few more people like that – mostly north European, who has the same mutation that prevents catching the virus.