One of the most pressing concerns for many LGBT parents has been HIV, since the eighties when our families and friends began to disappear. People were passing away so quickly that we stopped asking where they had gone. The HIV epidemic was a modern day plague which cost many of people their families and the lack of action from the government was disheartening.
LGBT parents take heart! A baby was born with HIV and reportedly cured of the ailment, only 30 hours after birth. The only other incident where a report of a cure was released to the public was Timothy Brown a middle aged man who was cured after a bone marrow transplant from someone who was naturally resistant to the disease. Considering the 330,000 babies who were newly infected in 2011 and that more than three million children globally are living with H.I.V. this is cause to celebrate!
Dr. Persaud and other researchers spoke at a presentation of these revelations in Atlanta, on Monday 2/5/2013, at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. The results haven’t been published yet. She stated they were certain the baby (whose name and gender were not disclosed) had been infected. Dr. Persaud also said there was also little doubt that the child experienced what she called a “functional cure.”
Normally there will be a two drug intervention at the birth of a HIV infected child. Instead of traditional method the Doctors chose a three drug intervention and where aggressive with all the treatments for the first 30 hours of the baby’s life. The LGBT parent community is grateful to all of the Harrowing Doctors who did so much to save not just one baby’s life, but for saving thousands of baby’s lives in the future.
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