Baby born with AIDS virus appears to have been cured, scientists say

Infant given high-dose treatment right after birth

WASHINGTON - A baby born with HIV appears to have been cured by a faster and stronger treatment than is usually used on newborns, scientists say.

Scientists at a major AIDS meeting say the Mississippi child is now two and a half years old and has been off HIV drugs for about a year with no signs of infection.

If the child remains healthy, it would mark only the world's second reported cure. Specialists say it offers promising clues for more research to fight pediatric HIV.

Doctors don't usually give high-dose treatment right after birth, before first confirming that a newborn really is infected.

Sunday's announcement in Atlanta suggests doing so in this case wiped out HIV before it could form hideouts in the body that usually reinfect anyone who stops medication.

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