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March 5, 2013

HIV newborn cured

Medicine

Doctors apparently cured baby born with HIV

  • Dr. Deborah Persaud, top, and Dr. Hannah Gay
By Lauran Neergaard ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON — A baby born with the AIDS virus appears to have been cured, scientists announced yesterday, describing the case of a child from Mississippi who’s now 2 1/2 and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection.There’s no guarantee the child will remain healthy, although sophisticated testing uncovered just traces of the virus’s genetic material still lingering. If so, it would mark only the world’s second reported cure.

Specialists say yesterday’s announcement, at a major AIDS meeting in Atlanta, offers promising clues for efforts to eliminate HIV in children, especially in AIDS-plagued African countries where too many babies are born with the virus.

“You could call this about as close to a cure, if not a cure, that we’ve seen,” Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health, who is familiar with the findings, said.

A doctor gave this baby faster and stronger treatment than is usual, starting a three-drug infusion within 30 hours of birth. That was before tests confirmed the infant was infected and not just at risk from a mother whose HIV wasn’t diagnosed until she was in labor.

“I just felt like this baby was at higher-than-normal risk and deserved our best shot,” Dr. Hannah Gay, a pediatric HIV specialist at the University of Mississippi, said in an interview.

That fast action apparently knocked out HIV in the baby’s blood before it could form hideouts in the body. Those so-called reservoirs of dormant cells usually rapidly reinfect anyone who stops medication, said Dr. Deborah Persaud of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. She led the investigation that deemed the child “functionally cured,” meaning in long-term remission even if all traces of the virus haven’t been eradicated.

Next, Persaud’s team is planning a study to try to prove that, with more aggressive treatment of other high-risk babies, “maybe we’ll be able to block this reservoir seeding,” Persaud said.

No one should stop anti-AIDS drugs as a result of this case, Fauci cautioned.

But “it opens up a lot of doors” to research if other children can be helped, he said. “It makes perfect sense what happened.”

The only other person considered cured of the AIDS virus underwent a very different and risky kind of treatment — a bone marrow transplant from a special donor, one of the rare people who is naturally resistant to HIV. Timothy Ray Brown of San Francisco has not needed HIV medications in the five years since that transplant.

(My Comment: 

This was radical, but courageous treatment for a newborn to have to endure.  But it must be celebrated.  Perhaps a normal life hereafter will be possible.  It is toxic treatment and one wonders what the consequences to the immune system are and will be going forward.  Nevertheless – – it IS a victory.   

It is a tragedy that such a disease can occur to a brand new life.  It is mind numbing to think of.  What does cross my mind is the fact that Cancer is so large and prevalent in our world presently  that other diseases are taking a back seat.  At “smokinchoices”, there haven’t been any discussions on HIV or AIDS.  .  .  that’s on me, regretfully.  It is every bit as devastating as cancer.  Perhaps, because it never touched my family,  it just wasn’t in my line of vision. Consequently, I don’t know anything worthwhile to offer, for I have never looked into it.  

I do know that Dr Hulda Clark gave equally of herself and her brilliant mind over to this disease.  I have only discussed “THE CURE FOR ALL DISEASE,”  have mentioned  THE CURE FOR CANCER, but don’t remember speaking of another book she did called “THE CURE FOR HIV”.  She was most successful with this, I’ve heard.  I didn’t buy this one – know nothing about it.  But if Dr Clark says it cures HIV, it does.  She was as brilliant and saintly as they come. The book sold well and she was respected in that community.  There were cures.  Perhaps the medical community chooses not to recognize that – I dunno.

Her processes are non-toxic, but could they be used on a baby?  I don’t know.     Jan)

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