Mississippi Child Thought Cured Of HIV Shows Signs Of Infection

July 10, 2014 - NPR.

by Richard Harris

A baby who generated great excitement last year because it appeared she had been cured of HIV is infected with the virus after all, health officials say.

This discovery is a setback for the child known as the "Mississippi baby." It also complicates efforts to test what had seemed like a promising new treatment for infants born with HIV.

The Mississippi baby was born to an HIV-positive mother in 2012. The mother had not received prenatal care, so wasn't identified as being positive for HIV until she was in labor. To stop the baby's infection, doctors tried an aggressive combination of drugs right after she was born.

Normally HIV-infected infants would stay on the antivirals for life. But in this case, the mother stopped bringing the child to the clinic after 18 months. When the two showed up again, five months later, the mother said she had long since stopped giving the baby medicine. But blood tests showed no signs of HIV infection.

Was it a cure? Hopes were high. Continue reading...

like0

Do you get our newsletter?

admin's picture

Sign up for our monthly Newsletter and get the latest info in you in box.

seventh name
Wed, 10/22/2014 - 1:55pm
Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:52pm

JULIA SANCHEZ's picture

BrooklynLatina923 liked the aglm_blog My HIV Life Today

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:40pm

Learn about reasonable accommodation in the workplace, your rights by law as a person living with HIV, and how to take care of yourself at work.

Learn about common signs and causes of stress, how stress affects HIV+ women, and how to both reduce and cope with the stress in your life.

Learn about repairing the damage to the immune system caused by HIV, as well as about Immune Reconstitution Inflammation Syndrome (IRIS).

admin's picture

Join our community

Connect to our support community and share experiences with other women living with HIV.

Join now >

admin's picture

You Can Help!

Together, we can change the course of the HIV epidemic…one woman at a time!

Please donate now!>