HIV Has Returned To Second 'Cured Child'
By David Bean
October 3, 2014
A new study published in The Lancet reports that boy in Italy, believed to have been cured of HIV, has seen a return of the virus, various media outlets reported on Friday.
The boy, who was born HIV-positive in Milan, Italy, in December 2009, received antiretroviral treatment with 12 hours of birth, according to The Washington Post. The boy's mother, after reading the apparent cure of a Mississippi girl born with HIV, asked that doctors stop treatment on her 3-year-old son. In the first week, the child's viral load was undetectable, but it jumped to 36,840 copies per milliliter the following week.
The Mississippi child, who was determined to be the world's first person functionally cured of HIV, saw the immunodeficiency virus return in July, shattering researchers' hopes for a long-term cure and likely condemning the girl to a lifetime of medication.
In July, University of Mississippi Medical Center pediatrician Dr. Hannah Gray said, "It felt very much like a punch to the gut. It was very disappointing."
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