by Joshua M. Dziba | HIV/AIDS|Zimbabwe Charity, INC.
A toddler born in Mississippi, in the USA, has turned out to still be infected with the HIV virus after-all. The toddler had been administered an aggressive anti-retroviral therapy after being born to an HIV-positive mother who had not received any prenatal HIV therapy.
Today’s news reported by CNN comes as a major disappointment to all concerned as high hopes of eventually curing HIV/AIDS had been pinned on this case. The news also highlights the fact that there is still a lot that needs to be understood particularly about where and how the HIV virus hides in the human body.
The 2013 reports of the baby’s “cure” were based on the fact that after the receiving an uncharacteristically aggressive anti-retroviral therapy administered by Dr. Hannah Gay of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the toddler remained with no detectable HIV virus a year later, with no further therapy. The toddler was then hailed as the second person known to have been cured of HIV, after the reported cure of Timothy Ray Brown in 2007.
The HIV virus was detected in the now 4-year old child during a routine doctor’s visit this month. The child is reportedly now back on anti-retroviral therapy. Read the CNN report on this news here.