Aids and HIV Child born with HIV cured by US doctorsSubmitted by Bob-45 on Sun, 03/03/2013 - 20:47
Medical history made with first 'functional cure' of unnamed two-year-old born with the virus but now needing no medication
Ian Sample, science correspondent
The Guardian, Sunday 3 March 2013 18.46 EST
Doctors in the US have made medical history by effectively curing a child born with HIV, the first time such a case has been documented.
The infant, who is now two and a half, needs no medication for HIV, has a normal life expectancy and is highly unlikely to be infectious to others, doctors believe.
Though medical staff and scientists are unclear why the treatment was effective, the surprise success has raised hopes that the therapy might ultimately help doctors eradicate the virus among newborns.