HIV CuredHIV. One of those terrifying acronyms. It has been known to be incurable so far, and it shows up as AIDS, a dreadful consequence. Originating in Africa, this disease has spread all over the world and has become endemic in several countries. It can be contracted through sex with an infected person, contaminated needles, transfusion of infected blood, and inherited from a HIV positive mother. So it is astonishing news indeed that three babies born of infected mothers after being put under a radical treatment within a few hours after their birth.

This incredible event happened in Canada, recently, when four babies who were born with HIV virus in their blood were put on a revolutionary treatment only hours after they were born. The treatment consisted of high doses of three different anti retro viral drugs. HIV is a retrovirus and drugs used to treat infected patients are called retro viral drugs. Three of these babies were later found to be free of this virus while the fourth had ‘a very low level’ of it. The treatment continues, so it is yet to be determined if these babies are entirely free of HIV.

These were not the first time that this treatment was tried successfully. A baby born in Mississippi in 2010 with HIV was given the same treatment and was declared virus-free in 2013.

Not much information about the Canadian cases has been released. Full information is expected to be released at the AIDS 2014, taking place in Melbourne, Australia which will be attend by about 14,000 delegates later this year.

Professor Sharon Lewis, Chairman, AIDS 2014, said that although people were calling this a ‘cure’ it cannot, in fact be called as such, as the only way to determine that would be to stop the treatment and see if the disease comes back. According to Professor Levine, though, the news was very exciting as this treatment was started very soon after delivery, and subsequently no trace of the virus could be located. This and more cases among adults, she says, shows us that if treated very early, HIV could possibly be stopped. She also felt the in about 10 percent of the cases, it might even be safe for the patient to stop taking the drugs and remain HIV-free. But, she said, the best way to deal with this situation is still to treat the mother during pregnancy.HIV virus

In the case in Mississippi, the University of Mississippi said that the treatment was carried out by Dr. Hanna Gay, associate professor of pediatrics and a HIV specialist started treating the baby with a three-drug anti retro viral combination, when she was just 30 hours old. 29 days later, the virus could not be detected in the baby’s system. It did not reappear when eventually the baby was taken off the drugs.

At that time, this was taken to be a breakthrough in HIV treatment, and led doctors to believe that it showed the way to more effective HIV treatment.

Also of note is the case of an American, Timothy Ray Brown, who was detected with HIV in 2009 and was treated with bone marrow transplant from a HIV-resistant donor, and subsequently was later declared to be free of the disease at a Berlin hospital

So, a bright ray of hope for the medical community, and also for early case HIV patients, particularly for those babies, who through no fault of their own, are born with this dreadful disease. If this turns out to be indeed a permanent cure, then in that sense alone, this could be called a ‘wonder drug’.

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