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Is HIV Curable? Evidence of HIV Remission In Baby

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by Barry Burch Jr.

It is too early to say that there is a cure for HIV, but it is safe to say that there is now evidence that the deαdly virus can at least be put into remission.

A child born in Mississippi with HIV was treated in a uniquely aggressive manner and it has seemed to pay off, with more than two years of the virus being in remission since the baby ceased taking her medication. The new evidence is causing members in the medical field to take a second look at how they are currently handling treatment of the potentially fαtal disease.

Though the story first broke early in the year, doctors were slow to accept it. They still refuse to call it a cure because there is no agreed upon definition or timeline with regard to what would serve as a cure for a disease that, for the longest time, has been considered to last for the entirety of the infected person’s life.

An AIDS expert at the University of Massachusetts who is also involved in the baby’s care commented on the matter: “We want to be very cautious here.  We’re calling it remission because we’d like to observe the child for a longer time and be absolutely sure there’s no rebound.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s selected lead scientist and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, echoed similar sentiments: “At minimum, the baby is in a clear remission.  It is possible that the baby has actually been cured.  We don’t have a definition for cure as we do for certain cancers, where after five years or so you can be relatively certain the person is not going to go and relapse,” he said.

He also said so with sincere credibility, as one of the scientists at his institute completed an elaborate test which still showed no sign of the virus inside the child. Beginning in January there will be an international study sponsored by the government that will test babies born with HIV.  Hopefully, the study will reveal that results, such as the one in this case, are not just one a in a million.

Barryburchjr@gmail.com

1 Comment

  1. Truthbeliever

    October 27, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    There are many people infected with HIV who have been in remission for greater than 10 years. Why is this different?

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