HIV+ Baby Cured?

In the US, medical Doctors from the state of Mississippi announced over the weekend that a baby had been cured of an HIV infection for the first time.

According to medical reports, the baby was treated aggressively with antiretroviral drugs starting around 30 hours after birth, something that is not usually done. If further study shows this works in other babies, it will almost certainly be recommended globally. The United Nations estimates that 330,000 babies were newly infected in 2011 and that more than three million children globally are living with H.I.V.

Once the report is confirmed, the Mississippi baby would be only the second well-documented case of an HIV cure in the world. The first person cured was Timothy Brown, known as the Berlin patient, a middle-aged man with leukemia who received a bone-marrow transplant from a donor genetically resistant to HIV infection. The transplant cured him of his own HIV infection.

The Mississippi baby report could give AIDS cure research a boost although some experts said the findings in the baby would probably not be relevant to adults.

“For pediatrics, this is our Timothy Brown,” said Dr. Deborah Persaud, associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and lead author of the report on the baby. “It’s proof of principle that we can cure H.I.V. infection if we can replicate this case.”

Dr. Persaud and other researchers spoke in advance of a presentation of the findings on Monday at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Atlanta. The results have not yet been published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.

Some outside experts, who have not yet heard all the details, said they needed convincing that the baby had truly been infected. If not, this would be a case of prevention, something already done for babies born to infected mothers.

Source: New York Times.


comments

health & exercise

Aquatic fitness exercises
Aquatic fitness exercises

Hints and tips for Aquatic fitness training

Upper Body Cobra Hold Exercises
Upper Body Cobra Hold Exercises

We show you how the Cobra Hold Exercise can strengthen your back  [ ... ]

Libido Loss Among Women
Libido Loss Among Women

Our health expert discuss hypoactive sexual desire disorder

women

Welcome L.B.F!
Welcome L.B.F!

We all know about G.B.F's but what about our L.B.F's?

Communicating Love Interest
Communicating Love Interest

When starting a new love interest its all about communication

Finger Banging Happy
Finger Banging Happy

The gentle art of Woman on Woman Finger Banging explained

events & parties

Whats happening Gauteng?
Whats happening Gauteng?

Events, parties and cultural happenings in Gauteng

Whats happening Durban?
Whats happening Durban?

Events, parties and cultural happenings in Durban

Whats happening Cape Town?
Whats happening Cape Town?

Events, parties and cultural happenings in Cape Town

gay relationships

Sex With Your Best Friend
Sex With Your Best Friend

A few rules for having sex with your best friend

Threesomes
Threesomes

Threesomes are lots of fun but there are boundaries

Playing Slave For A Day
Playing Slave For A Day

Can you handle the power and submission game?

cars

The New Renaultsport R.S 01
The New Renaultsport R.S 01

All about Renault's new racing car, the R.S 01

New Ford Mustang Is A Go
New Ford Mustang Is A Go

An all new Ford Mustang is currently in production

2015 Mercedes GLA 45 AMG
2015 Mercedes GLA 45 AMG

All about the new Mercedes GLA 45 AMG

food

Vodka and Tonic Cod
Vodka and Tonic Cod

Fish dish with a twist in this Vodka and tonic battered cod

Velvet chocolate Tart
Velvet chocolate Tart

A rich chocolate fridge tart recipe

Roast Lamb And Bacon
Roast Lamb And Bacon

This recipe captures Spring's sweetness and freshness

elsewhere on ql

#3 The Drag show
#3 The Drag show

Our gay cartoon hero goes to a drag show this week and...

Weekly Male Ellis McCreadie
Weekly Male Ellis McCreadie

Our male model of the week is Ellis McCreadie

Gays and Health Insurance
Gays and Health Insurance

Health insurance differences between gays and str8s highlighted

SA Discontinues Temp Passports
SA Discontinues Temp Passports

South Africa discontinued its temporary passports

SA's New Draft Credit Laws
SA's New Draft Credit Laws

About South Africa's new draft credit regulations

Understanding The Gay Community
Understanding The Gay Community

Dr Brand Doubell on what makes our Gay Community unique

weekly newsletter