Cure For Child Born With HIV Virus

No one can explain how, but the first human with the HIV virus has been cured reports the Guardian:

Doctors in the US have made medical history by effectively curing a child born with HIV, the first time such a case has been documented.

The infant, who is now two and a half, needs no medication for HIV, has a normal life expectancy and is highly unlikely to be infectious to others, doctors believe.

Though medical staff and scientists are unclear why the treatment was effective, the surprise success has raised hopes that the therapy might ultimately help doctors eradicate the virus among newborns.

Doctors did not release the name or sex of the child to protect the patient’s identity, but said the infant was born, and lived, in Mississippi state. Details of the case were unveiled on Sunday at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Atlanta.

Dr Hannah Gay, who cared for the child at the University of Mississippi medical centre, told the Guardian the case amounted to the first “functional cure” of an HIV-infected child. A patient is functionally cured of HIV when standard tests are negative for the virus, but it is likely that a tiny amount remains in their body.

“Now, after at least one year of taking no medicine, this child’s blood remains free of virus even on the most sensitive tests available,” Gay said.

“We expect that this baby has great chances for a long, healthy life. We are certainly hoping that this approach could lead to the same outcome in many other high-risk babies,” she added…

[continues in the Guardian]

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  • BuzzCoastin

    > the medical staff and scientists are unclear why the treatment was effective

    kinda sums up modern medicine nicely

  • BuzzCoastin

    > the medical staff and scientists are unclear why the treatment was effective

    kinda sums up modern medicine nicely

    • bobbiethejean

      I’m going to give you a chance to walk that statement back before I explain to you, in explicit detail, how ignorant that is in so many different ways. So go ahead, let’s hear it.

      • Andrew

        Everything you say and think is a psyop.

        • Calypso_1

          and unless activated by an involuntary reflex arc…what you do as well.

          • Andrew

            No, everything I write is activated by an involuntary reflex arcs.

          • Calypso_1

            I see you are well aquainted with operant conditioning.

          • Andrew

            As I am with cut and paste.

        • bobbiethejean

          I don’t do it on purpose. I swear.

          • Andrew

            Are you acquainted with operant conditioning?

          • bobbiethejean

            I am familiar with the concept, yes.

      • Calypso_1

        Because this birth/cure is a Psyop
        that has emerged from the kuntries

        collective faith in SciOps Breeding Programs

        to further enslave the sheeple
        in the Land of the Free

        • Matt Staggs

          I think you’re ready for the big time.

        • kowalityjesus

          L O L, imitation…flattery…

      • Kevin Leonard

        “In our cohort, we showed that an unexpected number of children born to HIV-seropositive mothers (6.7%) cleared HIV infection during the first year of life, and subsequently became seronegative”

        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8605047

      • Matt Staggs

        Just ignore me standing over here with my paper and pen. I’m conducting research for a new book titled “Bait, and How Not to Take it”.

        • Calypso_1

          Will their be a Chapter on Sea Cucumbers?

          • Matt Staggs

            “I see cucumbers”, says boy haunted by vegetables.

          • Calypso_1

            Spilling your guts is an excellent way to haunt someone.

          • Calypso_1

            Spilling your guts is an excellent way to haunt someone.

        • bobbiethejean

          I can’t help it. Its like…. right there. And it looks so tasty.

          • Matt Staggs

            I have eaten
            the troll-bait
            that was in
            the comment section

            and which
            you were probably
            about to address
            for the lulz

            Forgive me
            they were delicious
            so sweet
            and so cold

          • bobbiethejean

            Dear lord, FSM, I seem see to have taken
            A big giant bite of some greasy troll bacon
            I could not help myself for it looked so damn delicious
            Though I know that the stuff is so perfectly pernicious

            I can’t help but think that if I eat just enough
            My lust for satisfaction with wane with the glut
            But alas! Despite every bite that I gorge
            The trolls just keep throwing out more upon more!

            I think that their goal must be so terrible a notion
            To blow my ass up in a troll bacon explosion?
            Or maybe their aim is to simply dishearten?
            To incite a troll bacon myocardial infarction?

            I’m not really sure why these troll baiters persist
            Or why I am so utterly unable to resist
            Maybe they just think it is funny to watch
            As I gobble troll bacon like a pig at a trough

            Or maybe their agenda is a more sinister scheme
            To convert all intelligent conversation they see
            Into an ugly Hungry-hungry-hippos-like state
            Of people fighting and feuding over delicious troll bait.

            I’m not really sure but dear god FSM
            Please give me the strength to resist all of them!
            I don’t have the power to resist on my own
            I can’t fight the need for troll bacon alone!

            This a plea, and a plight, and an act of contrition
            For if you don’t rid me of this troll bacon addiction
            I’m afraid that one day I might simply awaken
            To find myself turned into a hunk of troll bacon!

      • BuzzCoastin

        usually I ignore you
        but since you think modern medicine is da bomb
        why not knock me out with some facts
        you know, data, not ideas implanted in your head by media

        • Guest

          The burden is really on you to educate yourself

          • BuzzCoastin

            how about this:
            I spent 20 years working in the cancer industry
            I know thousands of doctors & researchers
            I’ve owned cancer treatment facilities
            what’s your cred?

            and why the change of ID from David Howe to Guest?

          • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

            He saw me flex.

          • Kevin Leonard

            It actually happened right after I told him to “piss off.” :P

          • Kevin Leonard

            It actually happened right after I told him to “piss off.” :P

          • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

            You scared ‘m bro! Hey guest why be scurred? We are all friends here

          • Kevin Leonard

            I know! I didn’t realize I could command people like that! But Guest should come back. I was agreeing with him in another thread. I even found myself voting up one of Bobbiethejean’s posts the other day. Weird.

          • Calypso_1

            counter-transference from the approaching singularity

          • Calypso_1

            counter-transference from the approaching singularity

        • kowalityjesus

          I could site me mum’s incontrovertible remission of lymphoma using state-of-the-art chemo drugs. But then this event also prompted my removal from Baltimore where I was converting to Catholicism, and where all my RCIA teachers and peers promised their fervent prayers, so I think the datum is tainted.

        • Kevin Leonard

          The cunt says “Hi”

  • bobbiethejean

    And people wonder why I am so quick to come to the defense of science. THIS is why.

    • Calypso_1

      Ha! but scientists don’t understand how the mind works or quantum physix & stuff.*

      *see Sasquatch defense

      • Andrew

        I know when scientists are wrong because I can feel it in my gut and my heart.

        • Calypso_1

          That’s because your ENS is smarter than the neocortex of a cat.

          • Andrew

            Is it?

          • Calypso_1

            Actually depends on the presence of T.gondii in you & the cat.

          • Matt Staggs

            What does this have to do with T. Gondii? That man was one of the twentieth century’s greatest peacemakers. Or at least that’s what the catbrain parasites tell me.

          • Calypso_1

            Gon-D was a prototype & noted worm carrier.

            Mankind has not yet begun to dream the extent of the symbiosis that began so long ago.

          • Monkey See Monkey Do

            Unless the cat takes some consciousness-expanding catnip.

          • Calypso_1

            In that case I believe Salvia would allow you to interact on par with the expanded kitty consciousness. (though I shudder at the thought)

          • Matt Staggs

            Paws to reflect on this…

          • Matt Staggs

            Paws to reflect on this…

        • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

          The funny thing is that is also how you know they are right, in this case.

          • Andrew

            I know they are right?

          • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

            Yes, you are psychic, trust me. Just ask me what your psychic visions are and I will fill you in on the details.

          • Andrew

            I’ll bite. What are my psychic visions?

          • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

            You have visions of sugar plums dancing in your head.

          • Andrew

            STOP PROGRAMMING ME, PSYOPPER.

          • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

            ooops! my bad.

          • Guest

            Is there an app that blocks Ted Heistman?

      • bobbiethejean

        Quantum physix & stuff!? *le gasp* DRAT! I have been confounded! Whatever shall I do!?

        • Calypso_1

          Pray for salvation from the grip Satan has on your soul.

      • mannyfurious

        They understand that certain things happen in the brain when certain things are happening in the “mind.” That doesn’t equal causation. It’s like hunger. Certain things happen in the brain of a hungry person. Does that person need a pill to restore some kind of equilibrium, or does that person need a sandwich?

      • mannyfurious

        They understand that certain things happen in the brain when certain things are happening in the “mind.” That doesn’t equal causation. It’s like hunger. Certain things happen in the brain of a hungry person. Does that person need a pill to restore some kind of equilibrium, or does that person need a sandwich?

        • Calypso_1

          the ENS is a brain

          • mannyfurious

            Right. I get that, and I’m not going to argue with you on that point, but I’m not sure what I’m supposed to infer from this response.

          • Calypso_1

            This man is carrying a bladder on a stick.

          • Kevin Leonard

            You are like the offspring of Vonnegut and Plato.
            Is there a book you have written that I can read?
            or maybe just point me to the right drugs?

          • Kevin Leonard

            You are like the offspring of Vonnegut and Plato.
            Is there a book you have written that I can read?
            or maybe just point me to the right drugs?

          • Calypso_1

            I am available for individual consultation.

            You may contact Matt Staggs matt@disinfo.com to receive an email address if you so wish.

          • Kevin Leonard

            You are like the offspring of Vonnegut and Plato.
            Is there a book you have written that I can read?
            or maybe just point me to the right drugs?

    • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

      Yeah, Hurray for Science! A baby spontaneously gets cured of AIDS and Scientists are unsure why. Its a Scientific Miracle!

      • bobbiethejean

        http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/as-close-to-an-hiv-cure-as-weve-seen-breakthrough-hailed-as-radical-treatment-works-on-baby-born-hivpositive-in-atlanta-8518617.html

        “Scientists appeared a step closer to conquering the Aids virus after US doctors confirmed they had cured an infant born with HIV through a course of antiretroviral drugs, the first time this has ever been recorded.”

        “Doctors in Atlanta said a two-and-a-half-year-old child from Mississippi was born HIV positive and received a three-drug infusion within 30 hours of its birth, a stronger and far swifter dose than normally administered.”

        “Last night scientists were pouring over the findings, unveiled at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Atlanta. “You could call this about as close to a cure, if not a cure, that we’ve seen,” said Dr Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health. Much of the success of treatment is believed to be down to the swiftness and intensity of the antiretroviral dosage that was so potent.”

        So, Ted, how good are you at backpedaling? Let’s see it? Come on now. This will be priceless. Hold up, hold up. Put this on first. *Hands over a clown suit and unicycle – gets my camera ready* Aaaaannnndddd ROLLING! GO! Let’s see that beautiful backpedal, baby! Can you juggle all that cognitive dissonance and conformation bias at the same time? That would be fantastic! I would be truly impressed.

        • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

          Show me the double blind Phase III peer reviewed studies, otherwise its all TOTAL BULLSHIT QUACKERY i.e. Burzynski

          With out the peer reviewed phase III double blind studies showing that this can be replicated and cure other babies, everything you highlighted in bold means JACK SHIT by your own repeatedly restated (on other threads) standard of evidence.

          • Guest

            since you expressed yourself so rationally, I’ve give you a break. This was a preliminary incident. Of course it would require further study, including double blind studies, etc. That goes without saying. Your mocking tone is not welcome.

        • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

          Great, so anti-retroviral treatment for infants is going to be standard practice now?

          That… that really is not a good thing.

          • Guest

            well, yes. If the baby has HIV. Nobody has ever suggested that it should be standard practice in non-infected babies. Is that what you’re implying?

          • bobbiethejean

            Because letting children die of AIDS is a much better alternative? I’m not trying to be an ass (it comes naturally for which I apologize) but if I had a child that was born with HIV, I would hope the doctors would do everything in their power to cure him if they could. Living with a disease like that is extremely, painfully difficult in so many ways.

          • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

            So a baby is found to have HIV, therefore it is guaranteed that he is going to get AIDS?

            Honestly I really don’t want to imagine what an anti-retroviral would do to an infant in the long run…

          • bobbiethejean

            Oh no, not at all. Their HIV will turn into HMV and they will get to drive around in a sweet-ass giant truck for the rest of their lives. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS GOING TO HAPPEN, GENIUS!? HIV CAUSES AIDS. This is not in dispute, I couldn’t even find any credible sources offering a percentage of HIV cases that never turn into AIDS because apparently it’s just a given that if you contract HIV and don’t receive treatment, you will eventually end up with AIDS.

            Besides, even if it isn’t a 100% guarantee, why would you want to take that chance? This is a DEADLY disease. That child may now grow up and live a normal life without having to worry about treatment or about passing the disease on. This also means less people that might potentially get infected. Maybe in time, we will eradicate the virus. You don’t think that’s a good thing? And I swear to fuck, if you tell me the virus is harmless as long as you eat your veggies, I will fart directly on you.

          • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

            why do you hate veggies so much?

          • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

            That sounded almost sexual. Do you feel violated?

          • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

            That sounded almost sexual. Do you feel violated?

          • bobbiethejean

            I don’t. I eat them every day, organic if I can get it. ;)

          • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

            Hey, I ate a big salad today, will you fart on me too?

          • Kevin Leonard
      • Guest

        The baby was not spontaneously cured. The baby was treated for HIV using standard drugs. Magic is not science. Science is not magic. And your smartass, ignorant remarks are not welcome.

        • Kevin Leonard

          I welcomed them.

    • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

      “How did the baby get cured?”

      “Why, SCIENCE, of course!!”
      “yeah, but how exactly did it occur?”
      “These people are SMART. They have advanced degrees!! They wear white lab coats I simply have FAITH that they must have figured it out somehow! Praise DAWKINS! Praise Peer Review!

      • bobbiethejean

        HAH! I’ve got your number this time, Teddy-boy! This time I know you are being sarcastic! *crosses arms all self-satisfied-like.*

        • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

          I can always give you credit for your sense of humor :)

      • Guest

        what the hell is wrong with you? Did you read the fricken’ article? Three antiretroviral drugs were used.

        • Kevin Leonard

          Did you?
          “Though medical staff and scientists are unclear why the treatment was effective…”

        • Kevin Leonard

          Did you?
          “Though medical staff and scientists are unclear why the treatment was effective…”

          • Guest

            i wonder if there is a cure for poor reading comprehension?

          • Kevin Leonard

            You should jump on that drug.

          • Guest

            it was perfectly clear what treatment was used. The fact that they don’t have a full explanation is immaterial.

          • Kevin Leonard

            You might consider re-reading Ted’s comment. And then talk to me again about reading comprehension.

          • Kevin Leonard

            And then there is this. According to the PubMed article I linked ” seven out of 12 reversions [of 6.7% children who became sero-negative in the first year of their life] cannot be attributed to antiretroviral therapy”

            Logic dictates that it was only a matter of time before a baby dropped HIV on its own and just happened to be getting the exact same drugs that other babies have gotten, only more of them.

            Bingo! Cure! Viral posts about viruses!

            Shall we start looking at all of the statistics that show perfectly healthy HIV+ children, taking herbs, eating plenty of organic veggies, maintaining a good pH balance, then get forced into state-approved HIV regimens and then get sick and die?

            Fuck, yeah! Science!

            Piss off.

          • bobbiethejean

            “Shall we start looking at all of the statistics that show perfectly
            healthy HIV+ children, taking herbs, eating plenty of organic veggies,
            maintaining a good pH balance, then get forced into state-approved HIV
            regimens and then get sick and die?”

            Oh yes, please, let’s see these alleged statistics.

          • Kevin Leonard

            My bad. I should have used the word “stories.”
            I was a little hot under the collar when I wrote that.

            http://liamscheff.com/2009/01/new-york-times-children-die-in-aids-drug-trials-but-the-drugs-are-fine-fine-fine/
            http://livingwithouthivdrugs.com/

            Don’t get me wrong. I understand that HIV drugs prolong lives. I wish they had been around for my father. But this hoopla and gloating by materialist blow-hards and headlines calling it a “cure” is premature, especially when the doctor “fully expected that the baby would have a high viral load” after five months with no treatment. Seriously, how the fuck can you go about claiming that science did that?

          • bobbiethejean

            Two conspiracy websites, both with a well-know reputation of disseminating misinformation. No. Let’s try a credible source like a medical journal or a major news outlet, eh? Then I will take what you’re saying seriously because at the moment, you’re coming across like a conspiracy nutter.

          • Kevin Leonard

            livingwithouthivdrugs.com is a conspiracy website with a well known reputation? Are you actually being serious? And you expect a major news outlets to report the entire truth? And you expect a medical journal to report anything that contradicts its advertisers?

            You are delusional.

          • bobbiethejean

            You’re the one who keeps throwing out known, nonsense conspiracy sites. That’s the third time now! You can call me delusional all you like- doesn’t bother me because I have no respect for the opinion of someone who gets his beliefs from conspiracy sites.

            Don’t get me wrong, I’m not blind. I absolutely believe our medical system is rife with corruption and abuses. But my opinions and beliefs on that matter are based on fact, logic, evidence, and even a little bit of personal experience. You get your opinions spoon fed to you from conspiracy sites that cater to your emotional needs. Sad.

          • Kevin Leonard

            Can you even count? Look at all of medical journals I have linked. I have another dozen or so waiting for you if you ever decide to engage the logic of this article, and other comments here, rather than issue distractions.

            Aside from the fact that you are committing the logical fallacy of poisoning the well, do you seriously consider any website or person that speaks about something that does not conform to establishment paradigm to be a nutter? If that is the case, then I welcome the term with open arms and all my heart. I’m reclaiming the term.

            I find it incredibly ironic that you consider my opinions to be spoonfed. You, madam, are brainwashed. And that is not an ad hominem, but a logical deduction.

          • bobbiethejean

            Yeah, you’ll have to excuse me if I lose track of all the comments you leave EVERYWHERE because apparently you have nothing better to do with your life. Look up confirmation bias. That’s all I’m going to say because any rebuttal I formulate will be lost on someone who doesn’t understand what that is.

          • bobbiethejean

            Yeah, you’ll have to excuse me if I lose track of all the comments you leave EVERYWHERE because apparently you have nothing better to do with your life. Look up confirmation bias. That’s all I’m going to say because any rebuttal I formulate will be lost on someone who doesn’t understand what that is.

          • Kevin Leonard
          • bobbiethejean

            http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/copout?s=t&path=/ I know what confirmation bias is and how to avoid. You are a walking exemplar of what confirmation bias is.

          • Kevin Leonard

            lol.
            I think I am going to try and follow BuzzCoastin’s wisdom about you from now on.

          • Kevin Leonard

            lol.
            I think I am going to try and follow BuzzCoastin’s wisdom about you from now on.

          • bobbiethejean

            Well, fucktards of a feather flock together. You two have fun now. ;) Tell buzzy I said hi.

          • Kevin Leonard

            And I notice that you didn’t respond to my critique of the “science” in the article. You only threw out a red herring and an ad hominem.

          • Kevin Leonard

            And I notice that you didn’t respond to my critique of the “science” in the article. You only threw out a red herring and an ad hominem.

          • bobbiethejean

            Yeah, sorry, I have better things to do with my life than try to address every item of BS in your Gish gallop tirade.

          • jnana

            medical journals and major news outlets are hardly credible. Disinfo and misinfo abounds, whether its here, major news outlets or conspiracy sites, so its best for us to remain hypervigilant and critical.

          • bobbiethejean

            Hardly credible huh? Tell that to my mother who is alive today because she was able to get a liver transplant.

          • bobbiethejean

            Hardly credible huh? Tell that to my mother who is alive today because she was able to get a liver transplant.

          • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

            Please read the first paragraph Mr. Leonard wrote:

            And then there is this. According to the PubMed article I linked ” seven out of 12 reversions [of 6.7% children who became sero-negative in the first year of their life] cannot be attributed to antiretroviral therapy”

            Science dictates that if more than 50% gained the same effect without treatment, then you can not -Can Not- attribute the results from the treatment. This is no trivial matter.

          • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

            Please read the first paragraph Mr. Leonard wrote:

            And then there is this. According to the PubMed article I linked ” seven out of 12 reversions [of 6.7% children who became sero-negative in the first year of their life] cannot be attributed to antiretroviral therapy”

            Science dictates that if more than 50% gained the same effect without treatment, then you can not -Can Not- attribute the results from the treatment. This is no trivial matter.

          • bobbiethejean

            Cannot reply in depth a the moment. Life awaits. I will come back and see what this is all about later. If it turns out I’m wrong, I will spin on a dime.

          • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

            I think i once heard a homeopath use that argument.

          • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness

            I call shenanigans. That’s not how science works.

          • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness

            I call shenanigans. That’s not how science works.

    • mannyfurious

      Science obviously works. Only an idiot who is using a computer with access to the internet, while the never-ending hum of car engines and airplanes, um, hums in the background would deny that science is useful in many ways.

      Some of us question, one, whether the trade-offs are worth it (i.e.would AIDS even be an issue if science and civilization-as-we-know-it weren’t so rampant?), two, while certain kinds of data in and of themselves are “objective,” how that data is interpreted is never objective, and, three, we wonder if there are limits to what “science” can tell us about “reality” beyond the realm of how our human consciousness makes sense of it (and certain kinds of science seem to suggest that this is in fact so).

      Don’t get me wrong, just because I don’t worship at the altar of science doesn’t mean I wouldn’t depend on it to save my life if the situation called for it. It doesn’t mean I don’t pop an Ibuprofen when I get a headache. It doesn’t mean I don’t drive my car to work. It doesn’t mean I don’t use a cell phone. it doesn’t mean I don’t take the elevator when one is available. Etc.

      • Guest

        so you’ll use science when it suits you, but if you don’t understand it, you will reject it. Duly noted.

        • mannyfurious

          Instead of actually reading comments, you’ll skim through them just enough to get a strong sense of self-satisfaction and leave smug, douchey responses.

          Duly noted.

        • mannyfurious

          Instead of actually reading comments, you’ll skim through them just enough to get a strong sense of self-satisfaction and leave smug, douchey responses.

          Duly noted.

        • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

          The Guest of Honor!

    • jnana

      science is simply curing the problems it caused. I would hope it would at least do that.

      • bobbiethejean

        Science did not cause HIV or AIDS.

        • jnana

          whether or not HIV or AIDS is lab created is up for debate, as is Lyme disease ad other potential biological warfare agents. I understand that.

          But scientific “progress” has made conditions ripe for the proliferation of HIV and pandemics and plagues.
          Don’t praise progress without also being aware of the collateral damage, too.(literal and metaphorical)

          • bobbiethejean

            I’m very well aware but that is completely irrelevant to this discussion. Some people are claiming that we should not treat people with HIV and instead let them eat veggies. Ridiculous. I wonder if they would say the same thing about Ebola.

  • lazy_friend

    “doctors believe”

  • lazy_friend

    “doctors believe”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

    Congratulations to that two-and-half year old!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

    Congratulations to that two-and-half year old!

  • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness

    Now that racism is over and AIDS is cured, I want the hoverboard I was promised.

  • JoiquimCouteau

    More like, ‘Child Given HIV Test That Is Interpreted To Be ‘Positive’ And Later Tests ‘Negative’ Despite Being Given Antiretrovirals’.
    This happens all the time; the HIV tests have never been based on any sort of ‘gold standard’; the reference they test against is the blood of people who ‘clearly had AIDS’, and people frequently test positive, then negative. There are dozens of other disease conditions known to produce a ‘false’ positive HIV test.

    What’s surprising is that the child tested negative despite taking drugs which themselves produce the symptoms of AIDS.

  • JoiquimCouteau

    More like, ‘Child Given HIV Test That Is Interpreted To Be ‘Positive’ And Later Tests ‘Negative’ Despite Being Given Antiretrovirals’.
    This happens all the time; the HIV tests have never been based on any sort of ‘gold standard’; the reference they test against is the blood of people who ‘clearly had AIDS’, and people frequently test positive, then negative. There are dozens of other disease conditions known to produce a ‘false’ positive HIV test.

    What’s surprising is that the child tested negative despite taking drugs which themselves produce the symptoms of AIDS.

  • AR

    Was Timothy Ray Brown (“the Berlin patient”) not the first to be cured from HIV, making this child the second? Or was it Magic Johnson who gets the honor?
    For many reports, undetectable levels of the virus are comfortably synonymous with cured. Always the potential that the virus could beat the immune system again, similar to other virus’ like chickenpox/shingles, but it’s a start.

  • Andrew

    I suspect a lot of the bickering in these comments could be defused if people on both sides of the issue kept in mind the difference between believing in something there is no scientific proof of, like god or an afterlife, and disbelieving in things science has proven, like evolution, because your gut or an old book contradicts them.

  • Andrew

    I suspect a lot of the bickering in these comments could be defused if people on both sides of the issue kept in mind the difference between believing in something there is no scientific proof of, like god or an afterlife, and disbelieving in things science has proven, like evolution, because your gut or an old book contradicts them.

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