Just when you think the world is going to hell in a hand basket, there’s good news on the horizon. There may be hope for a baby born with AIDS in Los Angeles, with evidence of remission or a possible cure for the virus altogether.
If you think that’s impressive, this is the second case of a child born with AIDS going into remission or receiving a possible cure. The first child in remission from AIDS is now 3 ½ years old and lives in Mississippi.
How did the doctors do it? They used their amazing powers of medical science and targeted the virus with “very early treatment,” just four hours after the baby was born. The girl baby was born in Los Angeles last April, just a month after the first AIDS remission case in Mississippi was reported.
The Mississippi baby is now 3 ½ and seems HIV-free despite no treatment for about two years. The Los Angeles baby is still getting AIDS medicines, so the status of her infection is not as clear.
Doctors go on to explain that many women infected with HIV in the US get AIDS medicines during pregnancy, which reduces the chance that the virus will be passed down to the baby. For the baby born in Mississippi, the mother didn’t receive any prenatal care; HIV wasn’t discovered in the baby until the mother went into labor. Doctors confirmed that the infant was high-risk and started the treatment just 30 hours after birth with successful results so far.
The mother of the baby born with AIDS in Los Angeles was not taking her HIV medication during pregnancy. The baby was started on AIDS drugs just a few hours after birth. Now, a year later, she no longer appears to be infected, though doctors are cautious about calling it a “cure” just yet.
You can thank doctors and the powers of modern medicine for this amazing breakthrough in AIDS treatment. It warms my heart to think that babies may be protected from being born with a potentially fatal virus in the future.
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