Zeenews BureauMississippi, US: Scientists in the US have claimed that a baby born with the AIDS virus appears to have been cured.The two-and-a-half year old child from Mississippi has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection - sophisticated testing uncovered just traces of the virus` genetic material still lingering.Although there`s no guarantee the child will remain healthy, if the child pulls it through then it would mark the world`s second reported cure.Specialists made the announcement on Sunday at a major AIDS meeting in Atlanta, saying the development offers promising clues for efforts to eliminate HIV infection in children, especially in AIDS-plagued African countries where too many babies are born with the virus.A doctor gave this baby faster and stronger treatment than is usual, starting a three-drug infusion within 30 hours of birth. That was before tests confirmed the infant was infected and not just at risk from a mother whose HIV wasn`t diagnosed until she was in labour."I just felt like this baby was at higher-than-normal risk, and deserved our best shot," Dr Hannah Gay, a paediatric HIV specialist at the University of Mississippi, said in an interview.
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