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Baby HIV cure raises more questions than answers

With the surprising announcement earlier this week that a baby born with HIV appears to have been cured of the virus, AIDS researchers have reacted with cautious optimism mixed with concerns that the finding may led some HIV patients to mistakenly assume that they can safely go off their medications if they don’t have detectable levels of the virus.

“No one is recommending that anyone stop taking anti-retroviral therapy,” said Dr. Rowena Johnston, vice president and director of research at the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), a non-profit organization based in New York City. While adults are usually diagnosed with the virus too late to be cured with treatments, infected infants treated within days of birth could potentially be cured of HIV, but it’s too soon to tell from this one case.

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