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HIV-Infected Infant Cured With Early Use of AIDS Drugs - (Bloomberg via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Doctors at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections meeting say they cured an infant born with HIV for the first time by giving her a combination of therapies shortly after birth, reported Bloomberg.
  • The baby's treatment combined lamivudine and zidovudine, both sold by GlaxoSmithKline's joint venture with Pfizer, ViiV Healthcare, and Abbott Laboratories' Kaletra.
  • The baby was given a regimen of AIDS drugs about 30 hours after she was born at a rural Mississippi hospital, doctors said.
  • The mother, who had not taken medications that could have prevented the virus spreading to the fetus, took the child off the combination therapy at 18 months.
  • With no signs of the virus for 10 months, the infant was deemed "functionally cured," researchers said. The child, now two-and-a-half years old, remains free of HIV, according to the news source.

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