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|Report: Baby cured of HIV likely didn't have it at all|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|March 13, 2013 16:51|
A report in the Wall Street Journal questions whether the baby cured of HIV who made headlines last week around the globe actually had the virus to begin with.
Mark J. Siedner, a postdoctoral fellow in the division of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, writes in a March 11 story for the WSJ that the real story of the baby and her mother, from Mississippi, was revealed at an Atlanta HIV conference last week.
The story behind the "miracle" baby from Siedner:
What we heard from the researchers who presented the case on March 4 was that a baby girl, born in Mississippi to a woman with HIV, was found with HIV in her blood shortly after birth. Care providers quickly started the infant on a full set of three HIV medicines (typically, only one or two are used in exposed babies to prevent infection).
This is, of course, upsetting news. But it is not a setback, promises Siedner. He and other researchers and those in the field of HIV care continue to work toward a vaccine, a cure and better therapies.
But now, he added, speaking to those with HIV about the "cured baby" means taking extra care with the words he and other in the HIV field use.
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