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Mississippi baby born with HIV appears to be cured

Joyce Lupiani

Mississippi baby born with HIV appears to be cured

CREATED Mar. 4, 2013

(KTNV) -- There is new hope in the HIV and AIDS community this morning.

A child in Mississippi was given three different medications to fight HIV after the baby was born a little more than two years ago.

At some point though, doctors lost track of the mother.

One year later, they found her and learned that she had stopped giving the child the medications.

Doctors ran tests to see how far the virus had advanced but found no trace of HIV.

The doctors were stunned. The child, who is now two-and-a-half, appears to be completely cured and doctors say that no medication is needed.

They still aren't exactly sure why the virus vanished though. But, they are cautiously optimist that the case could lead to new treatment and end in a true cure for AIDS.

The doctors are planning on press conference about the case later today.

The case was announced Sunday at the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Atlanta.