Mississippi Child HIV Free
Two and a half years after being treated with a high dosage of three antiretroviral drugs just hours after birth, a girl born with HIV in Mississippi has been "functionally cured." A functional cure is when the virus presence is so small that it cannot be detected by standard clinical tests and lifelong treatment is not necessary. The girl's mother was not diagnosed as HIV positive until just before her delivery, so there was no way to prevent transmission. The child remained on the antiretroviral drugs for 15 months until her mother stopped administering them. The toddler is the first child to be cured of HIV.
By Jordan Moses
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