The medical community is patting itself on the back, having claimed to ‘cure’ a baby from HIV infection.
A baby girl in Mississippi who was born with HIV has been cured after very early treatment with standard HIV drugs, U.S. researchers reported on Sunday, in a potentially ground-breaking case that could offer insights on how to eradicate HIV infection in its youngest victims.
The child’s story is the first account of an infant achieving a so-called functional cure, a rare event in which a person achieves remission without the need for drugs and standard blood tests show no signs that the virus is making copies of itself…
“This is a proof of concept that HIV can be potentially curable in infants,” said Dr. Deborah Persaud, a virologist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, who presented the findings at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Atlanta.
How wonderful. A baby with an HIV infection got dumped with a bunch of drugs. Doctors are taking credit for it all.
But wait. According to the New York Times,
In the latest case, a Mississippi woman, who was infected with H.I.V., did not get treatment during her pregnancy. Doctors gave her baby a three-drug treatment-strength regimen, some 30 hours after birth. They continued the treatments for 18 months, after which the mother stopped going to the hospital and stopped giving her baby the drugs. Five months later, the mother returned with her child, who turned out to be free of the active virus. The baby, now 2 1/2 years old, has been free of the active virus ever since. (emphasis mine)
In other words, the mother got away from the doctors and their drugs for five months, and the baby was fine.
The wonders of modern science.