A second baby has possibly been cured of HIV in California.
The child, which is now nine months old, is considered HIV negative after undergoing a therapy to eliminate the disease just hours after it was born. The possibility that the baby has been cured of HIV is great news and would have it joining the ranks of a now three-year-old child that was cured of HIV in Mississippi shortly after it was born, reports WebMD.
“This has to be done in a clinical trial setting, because really the only way we can prove that we’ve accomplished remission in these cases is by taking them off treatment, and that’s not without risks,” Dr. Deborah Persaud, who was involved in treating both of the babies, told CNN.
A study of 60 babies born with HIV is scheduled to take place in the next couple of months. In the study, doctors will treat babies born with HIV with the same drugs that were used on the previously mentioned children born with the disease. Doctors will administer the drugs to the babies within 48 hours of them being born, WebMD notes.