Baby Cured of HIV

This is just awesome.

A baby born with HIV appears to have no dormant copies of the virus anywhere in his or her body. The kid is now 2 1/2.

The mom received no prenatal care and didn’t know she was carrying HIV, missing out on the now-standard preventative treatment.

The doctor seems to have ignored common procedure, bombing the 30-hour-old baby with antiretrovirals before even getting test results back.

(And incidentally, what a freakin’ genius virus, HIV, hanging out dormant in the body, camouflaged from anti-virals like microscopic IEDs. Remember the X-Files‘ theory that viruses, not aliens, would trigger our apocalypse? I buy it.)

The virus is gone from that kid’s body, friends. I have big hopes for this potential treatment. Get ready for a replication sensation, sweeping the nation.

Yay science!

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2 thoughts on “Baby Cured of HIV

  1. A.M.B. says:

    “Yay science!” Well put.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Thanks! And that yay science! feeling reminds me that the sequester will devastate scientific research. Including medical research.

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