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Second case of baby born with HIV cured: Enough evidence to spark human studies

Wednesday morning was a major breakthrough for people within the AIDS and medical communities. A second baby has been seemingly cured of HIV die to early intervention techniques and medications.

In this undated image provided by Johns Hopkins Medicine in 2005 Dr. Deborah Persaud, a pediatric HIV expert at Johns Hopkins' Children's Center in Baltimore, holds a vial. A second baby born with the AIDS virus may have had her infection put into remissi
AP Photo/Johns Hopkins Medicine

The first baby's mother was not even diagnosed until she went into labor, and doctors made the call to give the infant very strong doses of medications to attempt to "blast" the HIV virus. Evidently their technique prevented the virus from latching on to the baby's cells. Two years later the child is free and clear of the virus.

Many doubted that the child had ever been infected, but Wednesday proved that a child can be cured of HIV with early intervention. The second child was announces along with others in other countries who have underwent the early intervention methods and tested negative after treatments.

These results sparked enough evidence to get a human trial approved.

The clinical trial coming up will consist of 60 born infected infants being put on the regimen within 48 hours of delivery.

Mind you if it does work it could take a few years to get all of the data needed to have treatment regimes approved by the FDA. The subjects will have to be monitored over time for side effects and so forth.

This is huge considering the annual number of children born with this disease annually is around 250,000.

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, executive director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stated, "This could lead to major changes, for two reasons; both for the welfare of the child, and because it is a huge proof of concept that you can cure someone if you can treat them early enough to prevent the virus from replicating."

While there are not yet guarantees that the children will remain HIV free, professionals are optimistic due to the facts and signs they are looking at now.

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