A baby born with the HIV virus appears to be free of it after receiving antiretroviral treatment, according to doctors at a California hospital. The case report was presented at the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston this week.
The girl was delivered at Miller Children's Hospital in Long Beach, California last summer to a mother with AIDS. Doctors gave the baby high doses of antiretroviral drugs-AZT, 3TC, and Nevirapine-fours hours after birth. Eleven day later, the virus was undetectable in her body and remained that way nine months later.
The California baby is still on antiretroviral treatment, so it's too soon to tell if the child is actually in remission. This is the second baby to be possibly cured of the virus. The first was an infant from Mississippi who exhibited no evidence of AIDS in her blood more than three years after being born. She was also given high doses of three antiretroviral drugs just hours after delivery. For more information on this story, visit http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/06/health/hiv-baby-cured/.