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–    Guyana-born doctor led research team Washington, US (indiawest.com) – A baby born with the AIDS virus appears to have been cured, a research team headed by Guyana-born, Dr. Deborah Persaud, announced March 3.The Mississippi baby who’s now two-and-a-half has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection.There’s no guarantee the child will remain healthy,Cheap Jerseys China, although sophisticated testing uncovered just traces of the virus’ genetic material still lingering. If so, it would mark only the world’s second reported cure.Specialists say the March 3 announcement, at a major AIDS meeting in Atlanta, offers promising clues for efforts to eliminate HIV infection in children, especially in AIDS-plagued African countries where too many babies are born with the virus.“You could call this about as close to a cure, if not a cure, that we’ve seen,” Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health, who is familiar with the findings, told the Associated Press.A doctor gave this baby faster and stronger treatment than is usual,Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Outlet, starting a three-drug infusion within 30 hours of birth. That was before tests confirmed the infant was infected and not just at risk from a mother whose HIV wasn’t diagnosed until she was in labour.“I just felt like this baby was at higher-than-normal risk, and deserved our best shot,” Dr. Hannah Gay, a pediatric HIV specialist at the University of Mississippi, said in an interview.Dr. Deborah Persaud“That fast action apparently knocked out HIV in the baby’s blood before it could form hideouts in the body. Those so-called reservoirs of dormant cells usually rapidly reinfect anyone who stops medication”, said Persaud, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Infectious Disease Fellowship Program at John Hopkins’ Children’s Center in Baltimore, Maryland.She led the investigation that deemed the child “functionally cured,” meaning in long-term remission, even if all traces of the virus haven’t been completely eradicated.Next, the team is planning a study to try to prove that, with more aggressive treatment of other high-risk babies. “Maybe we’ll be able to block this reservoir seeding,” virologist Dr. Persaud said.No one should stop anti-AIDS drugs as a result of this case,Anders Nilsson Jersey, Fauci cautioned.But “it opens up a lot of doors” to research if other children can be helped, he said. “It makes perfect sense what happened.”Better than treatment is to prevent babies from being born with HIV in the first place.About 300,000 children were born with HIV in 2011, mostly in poor countries where only about 60 percent of infected pregnant women get treatment that can keep them from passing the virus to their babies. In the United States, such births are very rare, because HIV testing and treatment long have been part of prenatal care.“We can’t promise to cure babies who are infected. We can promise to prevent the vast majority of transmissions if the moms are tested during every pregnancy,” Gay stressed.In the Mississippi case, the mother had had no prenatal care when she came to a rural emergency room in advanced labour. A rapid test detected HIV. In such cases, doctors typically give the newborn low-dose medication in hopes of preventing HIV from taking root.But the small hospital didn’t have the proper liquid kind, and sent the infant to Gay’s medical center. She gave the baby higher treatment-level doses.The child responded well through age 18 months, when the family temporarily quit returning and stopped treatment, researchers said. When they returned several months later,Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping, remarkably, Gay’s standard tests detected no virus in the child’s blood.Ten months after treatment stopped, a battery of super-sensitive tests at half a dozen laboratories found no sign of the virus’ return. There were only some remnants of genetic material that don’t appear able to replicate, Dr. Persaud said.In Mississippi, Gay gives the child a check-up every few months: “I just check for the virus and keep praying that it stays gone.”The mother’s HIV is being controlled with medication and she is “quite excited for her child,China Jerseys Cheap,” Gay added.Dr. Persaud, born in Guyana on August 23, 1960, moved to Brooklyn, New York when she was a teenager. She earned her B.A. from York College, M.D. degree from NYU Medical School,Discount NFL Jerseys, and did her Pediatric Residency at Columbia-Presbyterian. She was the only recipient of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation’s 2005 Scientist Award, which included a $700,000 research grant.
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