Twitter is buzzing with comments about a child born with HIV that was “functionally cured”. This story is another scientific breakthrough in the ongoing battle with HIV. Through rigorous treatment she was seemingly cured without a trace of the virus. Doctors are hoping to replicate the treatment she received to potentially cure others affected with HIV. The findings offer hope for the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic:
For the first time, doctors are reporting that a child born with HIV and put on an unusually aggressive treatment regimen has been functionally cured of the infection.
Now 2 years old, the Mississippi girl has only trace amounts of HIV in her bloodstream and has been able to keep the virus that causes AIDS in check without the help of medication, doctors said Sunday at a medical conference in Atlanta.
If researchers demonstrate that the same treatment can work in other children, it could drastically alter the lives of the estimated 1,000 babies born with HIV every day, most of them in Africa, doctors said.
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Does it seem like scientists are closer to finding the cure for HIV? If this/there is a cure, do you think the treatment will be affordable for those affected?
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