My good friend and science reporter Bob Roehr sent me email before heading to Atlanta for the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infection, and before the big news this weekend about the HIV positive baby in Mississippi being essentially cured of the virus. Can't recall the last time I paid attention to CROI and the abstracts presented, so thanks, Bob, for the reminder.
Like many others, I'm excited by the news of the infant's cure and want more information about it, which is why I read the abstract at the CROI site. I'm sure we'll be reading much more about this infant the apparent eradication of HIV from his or her body. Here's an excerpt:
Background: A single case of HIV cure occurred in an infected adult with a bone marrow transplant. We report a case of functional HIV cure in a 26-month-old infected child who initiated ART at 30 hours of age.
Methods: Infant exposure to HIV was confirmed through review of maternal HIV antibody and plasma viral load tests, including HIV drug resistance testing. Infant infection was documented using standard HIV DNA polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and plasma viral load. ART administration was confirmed with medical and pharmacy records and maternal report of medication adherence . . .