Second US HIV-positive baby cured by early treatment

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Originally published on March 6, 2014

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US doctors are reporting a second case of a baby born with the AIDS virus may have had her infection put into remission and possibly cured by early treatment.

According to the New York Times, the announcement was made on Wednesday (March 5) at an AIDS conference in Boston. The second baby was born at Miller Children's Hospital in Long Beach, California last April, just a month after researchers announced the first case from Mississippi. The baby girl is now 9 months old and free of HIV virus. Doctors started her treatment just four hours after the birth using three drugs: AZT, 3TC and nevirapine at high doses.

It was reported that both DNA and RNA of the virus were found in the baby's early blood and spinal fluid samples, which indicated the baby was infected at birth. However, the virus began to disappear six days after birth and was undetectable within 11 days.

A clinical trial in which up to 60 babies who are born with HIV will be put on drugs within 48 hours is set to begin soon, the New York Times reported.

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