The HIV cure — that wasn’t

A toddler that appeared to have shed the disease continues to host it after all, doctors announce

By Janet Raloff, 08:45 AM July 15, 2014

Last year, doctors in Mississippi reported that their treatment of a local baby had apparently cured the girl of HIV. She had been born with this virus, which causes AIDS. That initial report had sounded almost too good to be true. In fact, it was too good to be true. On July 11, doctors announced the girl remains infected with the virus.

“Certainly, this is a disappointing turn of events for this young child, the medical staff involved in the child’s care, and the HIV/AIDS research community,...

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