Cure for baby with HIV positive sign
The Kansas City Star
HIV-AIDS hasn’t provided much good news since people began dying from it worldwide about 30 years ago.
But news of the baby who was cured of the HIV infection it got at birth offers the world a lot of hope. The rural Mississippi baby was treated with anti-retroviral drugs starting 30 hours after birth, something that’s not normally done, The New York Times reports.
The procedure may change the way other babies born to HIV-infected mothers are treated. The United Nations estimates that 330,000 babies were newly infected with HIV in 2011. More than 3 million children globally live with HIV.
In 2011 about 2.5 million people worldwide were infected with HIV. About 34.2 million people worldwide were living with HIV/AIDS.
In 2011 about $16.8 billion was spent on HIV/AIDS worldwide. Yet, 1.7 million people have died from the epidemic.
The baby’s survival offers a glimmer of hope for the future.