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HIV is detected in child thought to have been cured

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4614 (Published 14 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4614
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

HIV has been detected in the blood of a child who was thought to have been cured of the infection after being started on a triple drug antiretroviral regimen shortly after birth, US health officials said last week.

The girl, known as the “Mississippi baby,” had been born prematurely in 2010 to an HIV infected mother whose infection had not been diagnosed until the time of delivery. The mother had received no prenatal care, and the infant was born prematurely at 35 weeks of gestation.1

Blood testing of the newborn baby detected both HIV-1 DNA in peripheral blood mononuclear …

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