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Published:March 4th, 2013 15:53 EST

Child Cured of HIV

By John Pustelnik


A child was cured of HIV for the first documented time.

The child was diagnosed with HIV at birth and was immediately put on antiretroviral therapy.


Antiretroviral therapy is relatively cheap and common. It consists of the combination of three or more antiretroviral drugs in order to suppress HIV.

The child stopped receiving the antiretroviral therapy at 18-months. When the child was brought back in for the therapy at 23-months, the child was found to no longer have HIV.

The fact that the child was cured with antiretroviral therapy alone could suggest that there is not one universal cure, rather, different people could be in need of different types of cures.

Confirmation that the child was cured was due to a grant awarded by the amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research) to Dr. Persaud and Dr. Katherine Luzuriaga of the University of Massachusetts in September of 2012.

"We are proud to have played a leading role in bringing this first pediatric HIV cure to light," said amfAR CEO, Kevin Frost. "The case is a startling reminder that a cure for HIV could come in ways we never anticipated, and we hope this is the first of many children cured of HIV in the months and years to come."

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