The AIDS virus that vanished

Strong medicine may have rid a newborn of deadly HIV

By Stephen Ornes, 10:32 AM March 18, 2013

This photo shows HIV infecting a T-cell, which usually fights off infections in the human body. Credit: NIH/NIAID

A toddler in Mississippi has just made history. Doctors report that a combination of medicines appears to have cured the child of a deadly virus. The girl was born with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. If her infection doesn’t return, researchers say this would be the first known case where drugs wiped out HIV.

Ordinarily, drugs can keep HIV from growing quickly and overwhelming the body’s ability to control it. But in the young girl, the virus appears to have all but disappeared. Virus e...

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