But the new findings, reported by the researchers, confirm that the child born in Mississippi would be only the second well-documented case of a cure in the world. This is a new ray of hope for the research and developments which are aimed at finding a cure to HIV. Now a further research is being done on this new finding, to confirm whether very early treatment can cure HIV-infected newborns. Some experts also said that the findings in the baby may not be relevant to adults.
WHO guidelines have called for treating infants born to an HIV-infected mother, but they are starting with a modest daily dose of anti-retroviral treatment for four to six weeks (until the testing determines the babies own status of HIV). If the baby is found HIV positive then aggressive treatment is begun. But WHO still doesn't suggest using more intense medication approach right after birth, because the study is not still clear and also the over-treatment would risk wasting scarce medications that offer a better chance of helping other patients.
Studies are being planned to look into this issue of early testing and aggressive treatment. If this new finding really works, then it can work for other babies too. While the bone marrow transplant that cured Timothy Brown is a grueling and life-threatening procedure, the Mississippi treatment is not and could become a new standard of care, reported NDTV.
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