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Mississippi Girl Cured of HIV Brings Hope For A Breakthrough In Treatment

By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
March 4, 2013

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A baby girl in Mississippi believed to be cured of HIV is bringing hope and raising questions about the deadly disease that was previously thought to be incurable.

Pregnant women who are HIV positive have been treated prior to giving birth in an effort to prevent transmission of the disease to the fetus. The baby in Mississippi was treated with three separate drugs at the time of her birth. Dr. Stephen Smith is with The Smith Center for Infectious Diseases in Newark.

“Right now we’re just trying to get around if this is true? If it is true it changes not so much how adults are treated, but it will change immediately, if we can verify this, how we approach babies born to HIV infected mothers.”

In the case in question, the child is now two and half years old and healthy with no traces of HIV in her blood.

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