A baby girl born with HIV has been cured with very early treatment of antiretroviral drugs, US researchers announced on Sunday.
In a medical first for an infant, the Mississippi toddler has offered new hope for babies born with HIV around the world.
The baby girl, born in July 2010, was treated within 30 hours of delivery with aggressive HIV drugs which continued for 18 months, Reuters reports.
A team of researchers, led by Dr Deborah Persuad, a virologist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, announced she was now cured at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections held in Atlanta on Sunday.
Executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Michel Sidibé said the news “gives us great hope that a cure for HIV in children is possible,” but it has underscored the need for research and innovation.