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HIV Returns in “Cured” Child

A Mississippi girl who was thought to have been “functionally cured” of HIV as an infant once again harbors detectable levels of the virus.

By | July 11, 2014

HIV-infected T cellFLICKR, NIAIDLast March, pediatric HIV specialist Hannah Gay and her colleagues at the University of Mississippi Medical Center made headlines around the world after having essentially eliminated the deadly virus from the body of a baby girl. Now, the researchers have learned, HIV is back—the anti-retroviral combination that had seemed so promising is not a true cure.

“It felt like a punch to the gut,” Gay told reporters this week (July 10). “It was extremely disappointing from both the scientific standpoint . . . but mainly for the sake of the child who is back on medicine and expected to stay on medicine for a very long time,” CNN quoted Gay as saying.

The girl had been born to an HIV-positive mother who received no prenatal care. And with the mother receiving a diagnosis late in her pregnancy, her doctors didn’t have a chance to treat her in an attempt to prevent transmission to the baby. After she was born, the team treated the infant girl with high doses of three antiretroviral drugs, which her mother administered for about a year and a half before stopping for an unknown reason. Despite no further treatments, the girl maintained undetectable levels of the virus, and the doctors suggested the treatment had been a “functional cure,” eliminating the need for lifelong treatment.

A routine doctor visit early this month revealed that the child’s HIV was back, however. The now 4-year-old girl had detectable levels of HIV antibodies in her blood, and her T-cell count was low. Her doctors immediately started her again on antiretroviral treatment, which she will likely need for the rest of her life.

“Certainly, this is a disappointing turn of events for this young child, the medical staff involved in the child’s care, and the HIV/AIDS research community,” Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, said in a statement. “Scientifically, this development reminds us that we still have much more to learn about the intricacies of HIV infection and where the virus hides in the body.”

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Avatar of: mrs sonia

mrs sonia

Posts: 2

August 30, 2014

i want to thank Dr sukuju for

the herbal HIV medicine he gave

to me and my daughter, i was suffering from

HIV when i gave birth to my

daughter and that was how my daughter got

the sickness indirect from me, but

to God be the glory that i am heal with the

herbal medicine that DR sukuju

gave to me when i contacted him. i want

to use this medium to tell

everyone that the solution to our sickness has

come, so i will like you to contact

this great healer on his email address:

drsukujuspelltemple@

gmail.com with him all your pains will be gone, i

am really happy today that i and my

daughter are cured of HIV, we are

now negative after the use of his

medicine,my doctor confirm it.

once more i say a big thank to

you Dr sukuju for healing hands upon my life and my daughter, i say may

God continue to bless you abundantly and

give you more power to keep

helping those that want your help

in their lives. email him now he is waiting

to receive you. :drsukujuspelltemple@gmail.com

Or contact his number:+234814690929

Avatar of: mrs sonia

mrs sonia

Posts: 2

August 30, 2014

i want to thank Dr sukuju for
the herbal HIV medicine he gave
to me and my daughter, i was suffering from
HIV when i gave birth to my
daughter and that was how my daughter got
the sickness indirect from me, but
to God be the glory that i am heal with the
herbal medicine that DR sukuju
gave to me when i contacted him. i want
to use this medium to tell
everyone that the solution to our sickness has
come, so i will like you to contact
this great healer on his email address:
drsukujuspelltemple@
gmail.com with him all your pains will be gone, i
am really happy today that i and my
daughter are cured of HIV, we are
now negative after the use of his
medicine,my doctor confirm it.
once more i say a big thank to
you Dr sukuju for healing hands upon my life and my daughter, i say may
God continue to bless you abundantly and
give you more power to keep
helping those that want your help
in their lives. email him now he is waiting
to receive you. :drsukujuspelltemple@gmail.com
Or contact his number:+234814690929
 

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