Doctors claim to have cured girl of HIV

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1487 (Published 5 March 2013)
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  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Atlanta

Doctors claim to have cured a child of HIV through the very early administration of antiretrovirals.

The initial treatment was carried out at the University of Mississippi, and the follow-up search to detect the virus was done at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. The case was presented at the 20th annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Atlanta this week.

The girl was born somewhat prematurely to a mother who did not know that she was infected with the virus and who had a high viral load. The girl was born with HIV. The virus can be transmitted from mother to child in utero or at delivery, and the likelihood of transmission increases with the viral load.

A blood test of the …

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