US researchers have just cured, for the first time, a baby girl who was born with HIV, after very early treatment with standard drug therapy. Image © wikipedia
The baby girl in Mississippi, at age two and a half and off drugs for one year, shows no signs of the virus in its body.
Above image: Scanning electron micrograph of HIV-1 (in green) budding from cultured lymphocyte. Multiple round bumps on cell surface represent sites of assembly and budding of virions.
According to Reuters Dr. Deborah Persaud, a virologist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, who presented the findings, said:
“This is a proof of concept that HIV can be potentially curable in infants.
We believe this is our Timothy Brown case to spur research interest toward a cure for HIV infection in children.”