Treatment News : Famed 'Mississippi Baby' Still in Remission 18 Months Off ARVs

POZ - Health, Life and HIV
Subscribe to:
POZ magazine
E-newsletters
Join POZ: Facebook MySpace Twitter Pinterest
Tumblr Google+ Flickr MySpace
POZ Personals
Sign In / Join
Username:
Password:

Back to home » Treatment News » October 2013

Most Popular Links
Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

15 Years Ago In POZ


More Treatment News

Click here for more news

Have news about HIV? Send press releases, news tips and other announcements to news@poz.com.


emailprint

October 28, 2013

Famed 'Mississippi Baby' Still in Remission 18 Months Off ARVs

The baby born to an HIV-positive mother in Mississippi, who appeared to have been functionally cured of the virus following an atypically aggressive course of antiretroviral treatment given shortly after birth, remains in viral remission 18 months after stopping treatment, CNN.com reports. After initially publishing their findings in March, the investigators have recently released an updated report in The New England Journal of Medicine on the now-three year old child, commonly referred to as the “Mississippi Baby.”

“Our findings suggest that this child’s remission is not a mere fluke but the likely result of aggressive and very early therapy that may have prevented the virus from taking a hold in the child’s immune cells,” Deborah Persaud, MD, lead author of the NEJM report and a virologist and pediatric HIV expert at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, said in a release.

Persaud and her co-authors believe this case study strongly suggests that other children can also achieve remission after a similarly aggressive treatment regimen. Consequently, a federally funded study will begin next year to determine if researchers can send other babies’ HIV infection into remission.

The researchers believe the child went into remission because the HIV in the child’s body was never able to establish a viral reservoir.

To read the CNN.com story, click here.

To read the release, click here.

To read the study abstract, click here.

Search: Mississippi Baby, HIV, remission, functional cure, CNN.com, The New England Journal of Medicine, Deborah Persaud, Johns Hopkins.


Scroll down to comment on this story.



Name:

(will display; 2-50 characters)

Email:

(will NOT display)

City:

(will display; optional)

Comment (500 characters left):

(Note: The POZ team reviews all comments before they are posted. Please do not include either ":" or "@" in your comment. The opinions expressed by people providing comments are theirs alone. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Smart + Strong, which is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by people providing comments.)

Comments require captcha.
Please enter this number for verification:

| Posting Rules



Hide comments

Previous Comments:


  comments 1 - 2 (of 2 total)    

ab, , 2014-01-04 18:39:39
I tested positive when we found out I was pregnant with my daughter. At thirteen weeks gestation I was put on a combination of medications. In may of 2009 our daughter was born and given a liquid antiretroviral for her first six weeks of life. She was routinely tested until she was almost two. Although we did have one scare; she is now a happy, healthy nearly five year old. Many things are becoming possible with the new medical advanced.

Charles Etheridge, ATLANTA, 2013-10-30 12:51:00
I've been + now for a bit over 25 years and my viral load is undetectable, with a CD4 count in the 500's. This is from taking Atripla since its release and I couldn't be more satisfied. That is the only AV drug that I take. I truly believe that the word ought to be propagated more widely.

comments 1 - 2 (of 2 total)    


[Go to top]


Join POZ Facebook Twitter Google+ MySpace YouTube Tumblr Flickr
Quick Links
Current Issue

HIV Testing
Safer Sex
Find a Date
Newly Diagnosed
HIV 101
Disclosing Your Status
Starting Treatment
Help Paying for Meds
Search for the Cure
POZ Stories
POZ Opinion
POZ Exclusives
Read the Blogs
Visit the Forums
Job Listings
Events Calendar


    dambitious
    Gone
    New York


    romanticseattle
    Tacoma
    Washington


    latinpozdallas
    Dallas
    Texas


    jap022964
    el dorado
    Arkansas
Click here to join POZ Personals!
Ask POZ Pharmacist

Talk to Us
Poll
Do you work with your doc to design your own treatment regimen?
Yes
No

Survey
PrEP Course

more surveys
Contact Us
We welcome your comments!
[ about Smart + Strong | about POZ | POZ advisory board | partner links | advertising policy | advertise/contact us | site map]
© 2014 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved. Terms of use and Your privacy.
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.