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The Only People Who Have Ever Been Cured of HIV/AIDS

May 7, 2013


The Mississippi Baby

The Mississippi Baby

The most recent story of a "cured" HIV-positive person came in March 2013. That's when we learned about a baby from Mississippi who had HIV at birth, but whose infection appears to have subsequently been wiped out.

Similar to the VISCONTI group, the key to success in this case appears to have been starting HIV treatment very early with the most potent drugs available. This is not the typical approach for babies born to HIV-positive mothers, in part because mothers have almost no chance of passing HIV to their children if they receive proper care before giving birth.

Nonetheless, the story of this baby provides additional hope that extremely early HIV treatment may help prevent HIV from gaining a foothold in a person.

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