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Doctors Hope for Cure in a Second Baby Born With HIV
Updated: Wednesday, March 5 2014, 05:18 PM EST
Doctors have revealed that a second baby born with the AIDS virus may have had her infection put into remission and possibly cured by very early treatment.
The girl was born in suburban Los Angeles last April, a month after researchers announced the first case from Mississippi.
The Mississippi case was a medical first that led doctors worldwide to rethink how fast and hard to treat infants born with HIV. The California doctors followed that example, beginning treatment four hours after birth.
The Mississippi baby is now 3 1/2 and seems HIV-free despite no treatment for about two years. The Los Angeles baby is still getting AIDS medicines, so the status of her infection is not as clear.
The latest case was discussed Wednesday at an AIDS conference in Boston