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Researchers Describe First 'Functional HIV Cure' In an Infant

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the one-step-closer dept.

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An anonymous reader writes in with news of a breakthrough in the treatment of HIV. "A baby born with the AIDS virus two years ago in Mississippi who was put on antiretroviral therapy within hours of birth appears to have been cured of the infection, researchers said Sunday at a scientific conference in Atlanta. Whether the cure is complete and permanent, or only partial and long-lasting, is not certain. Either way, the highly unusual case raises hope for the more than 300,000 babies born with the infection around the world each year."

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Doesn't matter to me (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43066561)

It comes too late....no unsafe sex orgies for me :(

Re:Doesn't matter to me (-1, Troll)

radiumsoup (741987) | about a year ago | (#43066715)

nice. great set of priorities you got there, chief.

Was the baby infected? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43066585)

The article makes it sound like the baby might never have been infected to begin with.

Re:Was the baby infected? (5, Informative)

History's Coming To (1059484) | about a year ago | (#43066647)

The baby was infected, but this is a "functional cure", it works like this: Whilst in-utero the baby receives a certain amount of protection from the mother's immune system and the filtering of the placenta. When it's born it does have the virus, and then the baby's own immune system begins to kick in. At this point, immediately after birth, they begin an aggressive but fairly standard treatment with antiviral medication. This suppresses the virus enough that the immune system then has a fighting chance, and whilst the virus is unlikely to be completely eradicated it is in theory manageable by the immune system for the rest of the baby's life. The virus is still there, but kept to very low levels so developing AIDS or passing the virus on becomes very unlikely.

This approach may work with adults, but you have to get in there very quickly with the antivirals, so it's more likely to work with, for example, a nurse who gets a needlestick injury than a person who contracted it days before. The developing immune system in infants may also play a part, so this may never be a "functional cure" in adults, but it's certainly a step forward.

Remember, we don't necessarily need to cure things like HIV and cancer, we just need to keep them at bay until something else kills the patient, that still counts as a functional cure.

Re:Was the baby infected? (2)

Chrisq (894406) | about a year ago | (#43066773)

The baby was infected, but this is a "functional cure", it works like this: Whilst in-utero the baby receives a certain amount of protection from the mother's immune system and the filtering of the placenta. When it's born it does have the virus, and then the baby's own immune system begins to kick in. At this point, immediately after birth, they begin an aggressive but fairly standard treatment with antiviral medication. This suppresses the virus enough that the immune system then has a fighting chance, and whilst the virus is unlikely to be completely eradicated it is in theory manageable by the immune system for the rest of the baby's life. The virus is still there, but kept to very low levels so developing AIDS or passing the virus on becomes very unlikely.

I was thinking that maybe it worked because the treatment was before the baby's immune system kicked in. As HIV spreads by infecting the immune system clearing the load before then could clear the infection.

Re:Was the baby infected? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43066775)

Baby was probably not infected. It is entirely possible that the dozens of MD's and techs working over eighteen months entirely missed the fact that the baby was healthy.

You probably think vaccinations cause Autism too.

Re:Was the baby infected? (2)

Shavano (2541114) | about a year ago | (#43066787)

A baby born to an infected mother will have antibodies but not necessarily virus. It takes a very sevsitive test to verify the presence of virus, and such a test gets false positives. It's hard to really rule out the possibility the baby was born uninfected.

Re:Was the baby infected? (1)

Alwin Henseler (640539) | about a year ago | (#43066823)

Remember, we don't necessarily need to cure things like HIV and cancer, we just need to keep them at bay until something else kills the patient, that still counts as a functional cure.

If that involves -likely expensive- medication: go tell that to the many HIV-infected people in 3rd world nations. Something tells me they won't be impressed. Apart from having to take that medication regularly. Better than dying from AIDS, but a 'cure' in any sense of the word? Nope.

This case could be a great step forward in the fight against HIV, if researchers can unravel the mechanisms involved. But that is big if, and a sample size of 1 may not say much either.

Re:Was the baby infected? (1)

History's Coming To (1059484) | about a year ago | (#43067045)

The sad thing is that a lot of the cost is down to pharma companies (quite fairly) needing to recoup the substantial R&D involved. I'd like to see the world's governments get together, work out how much the companies are due, buying the licence from them and then distributing free or low cost treatments.

Re:Was the baby infected? (1)

del_diablo (1747634) | about a year ago | (#43068893)

In daily speech you say "Do I have X?", while in reality, you ask "Do I have X on a unusual large amount?"

Re:Was the baby infected? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43066887)

Actually, it does work in adults, and it can eliminate the virus.

Amongst other things, something with exponential growth is hard to control in a steady-state situation. A slight imbalance and it tends to either rapidly decline, or grow. Especially when it is something that mutates as readily has the HIV virus.

Also, a good friend of mine has a mother who worked in the trauma center of a hospital. Many years ago, a heroin addict came in after a rather nasty fight. While they were treating him, he grabbed a needle that had been used on him and started stabbing at people. Her mom, and several others were stabbed. Within an hour, they pumped all of the people who were stabbed full of an antiviral cocktail (I can't remember if there were repeated treatments). They also tested to man to verify he had HIV, though they had to use the AV cocktail before they got results, to be safe. Only one ended up contracting HIV (not my friends mom). For the other four or five - no more continued treatment or need to be careful of infecting others. From what I understand, the AV cocktail has about an 80% success if administered in 24 hours, and the initial "dose" is low.

Re:Was the baby infected? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43072845)

Remember, we don't necessarily need to cure things like HIV and cancer, we just need to keep them at bay until something else kills the patient, that still counts as a functional cure.

So we just need to find a way to kill the patient before the HIV or cancer kills them and we've found a functional cure? Nobel medicine prize here I come!

Re:Was the baby infected? (1)

sjames (1099) | about a year ago | (#43074487)

Actually, they're calling this a functional cure for now since they can't yet prove it is an actual cure. However, since the baby went for some time untreated after starting the treatment and still showed no viral load, they have reason to believe that it is an actual cure.

The gold standard test for this (stop all treatment and see if it stays gone) is completely unethical, so they have to find a safe way to make the determination for sure.

Re:Was the baby infected? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43076839)

Managing symptoms is insufficient for treating diseases. We need outright cures so that people can live normal lives again.

I would be very unhappy to, for example, get HIV and then have my symptoms managed. While I might not develop AIDS for quite awhile or at all, it would still prevent me from ever having a family or having unprotected sex ever again. Which is devastating.

You need to think about this a bit more.

Re:Was the baby infected? (2)

GauteL (29207) | about a year ago | (#43066669)

"Once there, paediatric HIV specialist Dr Hannah Gay put the infant on a cocktail of three standard HIV-fighting drugs at just 30 hours old, even before laboratory tests came back confirming the infection."

The last part of this sentence states that infection was confirmed. However, I'd be interested to know the rate of false positives versus the rate of false negatives. There is surely always a chance that the positive tests were wrong?

Re:Was the baby infected? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43067737)

From a careful writer, that sentence implies, absolutely, that the tests subsequently came back positive.

In the real word, including most current journalism, it does not. Nonsense like "I killed him before he did further damage" is readily accepted.

So in the absence of a clearer statement on the subject, I think it's worth treating this as ambiguous, even at the risk of spoiling the party.

I have to assume some non-zero fraction of babies born to HIV-positive mothers somehow escape infection, and further (as has been mentioned) some non-zero fraction of HIV tests come back falsely positive. These rates may be small but to prove the occurrence of a never-seen-before phenomenon, they need to be factored in.

Re:Was the baby infected? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43067197)

No it doesn't. The reference to false positives are about the detection of traces of the virus using very sensitive methods, not about the original situation.

Re:Was the baby infected? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43069377)

No it was not. This 'cure' is equivalent to getting the rabies vaccine a few hours after a bite from an infected animal.

Re:Was the baby infected? (1)

sjames (1099) | about a year ago | (#43074453)

That is a possibility they cannot exclude to certainty, but it looks like the baby was more likely than not infected.

Obamacare cover AIDS (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43066617)

All left wing freedom hating anti Semitic slashfags rejoice!

I prevent HIV using my HOSTS file (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43066627)

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Re:I prevent HIV using my HOSTS file (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43069271)

I know you get downvoted every time you post this, but I love this copypasta so much. It never fails to make me smile.

capcha: supreme

Round one to doctors! (1)

Murdoch5 (1563847) | about a year ago | (#43066643)

That's awesome news. HIV is almost the ultimate disease, getting the immune system to turn against itself, so it's really awesome that at least cures are starting to look in the right direction, even if it's not lifelong it's at least a step in the right direction.

Re:Round one to doctors! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43066697)

While this is amazing news, it is far from Round 1. Round 1 would have been before 1981, and doctors were not directly participating in the fight at that time. This is more like Round 25,000,000 [makeitrealtome.com].

Re:Round one to doctors! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43066735)

You really don't know of many diseases do you? Ignorance is bliss, eh?
Also, hiv is the virus and aids is the disease.

Re:Round one to doctors! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43066779)

It is not a cure. I wish it was, but it isn't. Scientists have simply found an infant where they were able to annihilate the HIV. I don't see a lot of applications, since they used the standard treatment and got lucky. The best that can be said is that early antiretroviral treatment has the possibility of defeating HIV, especially in infants (which have a 25% transfer rate from their mothers). For those who have already tested positive for HIV, this isn't going to be much comfort.

A Wonderful Thing! (1)

tomknight (190939) | about a year ago | (#43066655)

This is fantastic news, and offers the beginning of a glimmer of hope across the world. Transferring these benefits to sub-Saharan Africa (for example) will require incredible changes to drug marketing/profit-making, but also cultural changes. Ultimately this would have massive positive economic benefits in this region, but the political will and strength required to make this available is immense.

Re:A Wonderful Thing! (-1, Troll)

Velex (120469) | about a year ago | (#43066765)

Hell, I've got karma to burn.

Why the hell is research money going into this? Everyone knows that only gay fucking faggots like me get AIDS. In fact, I'm posting this from my gutter where I'm dying of the AIDS that YOUR GOD gave to me because I was gay.

It's obvious that this infant was a gay faggot, and that's why THE LORD GOD gave him/her/it AIDS. This faggot should have been kicked out of home and thrown into a gutter to die of his/her/its depravity.

Furthermore, we all know that routine infant male genital mutilation is a 100% cure for AIDS. There is no way that anyone who has been properly mutilated can get AIDS except by being a homosexual faggot.

I rest my case. QED. Thanks. Etc.

Re:A Wonderful Thing! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43066945)

Velex, it looks like your account has been hacked. I hope you check this since it appears that some asshole is posting comments using your name.

Re:A Wonderful Thing! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43069905)

It's time to "KudyardRipling" this bigot. He dare invoke the TRANSCENDENTAL for MORAL reasons.

Science.... (1, Informative)

bleh-of-the-huns (17740) | about a year ago | (#43066703)

Fuck yeah (shamelessly stolen from an image passed on to me earlier today)

Re:Science.... (2)

timeOday (582209) | about a year ago | (#43068197)

Not sure in what sense you meant that, but it would be premature to start running around having unprotected sex with everybody in celebration.

Re:Science.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43071835)

always gotta be the downer eh ;)

So now we only need a time machine! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43066719)

To cure adults... Kidding aside, this would be great news... for rich people in developed countries. And after 20 years everybody everywhere.

Having said all that, I believe it when I see it.

Re:So now we only need a time machine! (-1, Troll)

UltraZelda64 (2309504) | about a year ago | (#43066761)

Except Africa. That wretched continent breeds nothing but human incompetence and disease...

Re:So now we only need a time machine! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43066813)

And slaves to build a country with!

Re:So now we only need a time machine! (2)

LeadSongDog (1120683) | about a year ago | (#43067055)

That wretched continent breeds nothing but human incompetence and disease.

Homo sapiens isn't the only species to come out of Africa,

Have the parents been relieved of their duties? (4, Interesting)

GauteL (29207) | about a year ago | (#43066721)

While having an HIV-infected mother may give an impression of irresponsibility, there are people out there with no history of promiscuity or drug use that have caught HIV for many different reasons. I won't make judgements based on this.

But the following two newspaper quotes caught my attention.

BBC:

The treatment was continued for 18 months, at which point the child disappeared from the medical system. Five months later the mother and child turned up again but had stopped the treatment in this interim.

Washington Post:

"The child’s mother began missing appointments after a year. At 18 months, the child was no longer on treatment. When the child was brought back to the clinic at 23 months, the viral load was still undetectable, “very much to my surprise,” Gay wrote.

It strikes me as wildly irresponsible to the point of criminal neglect to miss medical appointments for your HIV-infected child. It does not appear as if she was told it was ok not to turn up for these appointments. After all, the doctors expected the HIV infection to return if the drug treatment wasn't kept up. If this had happened, and the child had died, I would have expected the mother to be prosecuted for manslaughter.

Re:Have the parents been relieved of their duties? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43067033)

It strikes me as wildly irresponsible to the point of criminal neglect to miss medical appointments for your HIV-infected child. It does not appear as if she was told it was ok not to turn up for these appointments. After all, the doctors expected the HIV infection to return if the drug treatment wasn't kept up. If this had happened, and the child had died, I would have expected the mother to be prosecuted for manslaughter.

The medics could have attempted to keep track of the patient and her child, and maybe even informed the police. Unfortunately a noisy enough bunch of people could label this as socialism, and a misguided attempt to meddle in God's divine plan or retribution for this whore and her bastard. Welcome to the Christian right-wing America, where life is sacred until it's born.

Re:Have the parents been relieved of their duties? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43068327)

"Welcome to the Christian right-wing America, where life is sacred until it's born."

AKA the south. Also, Republican-land.

Re:Have the parents been relieved of their duties? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about a year ago | (#43069995)

This is something that strikes me as odd. Why is it that the same people who consider life sacred and everything has to be done to protect it until it is born are also the same people who don't give a shit about it after?

Re: the price tag of your own life (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43072461)

They usually do care about your post-birth life... right up until it is ascertained whether you will be a willing wage slave or not.

If you can't provide a profit for the insurance company paying for your meds then they want you dead in order to save money. Everyone go google up the monthly/yearly cost of Atripla (one of the most widely used one-pill-a-day medications for HIV) and then go ask ten people you know if they would be willing to pay for that medication for someone is currently unemployed or can't otherwise afford it for themselves (you may exclude children from this calculation at your discretion).

Africans? Americans? Chinese? Who should be provided free* medications -- and why?

And how much does, say, Atripla actually cost to make? Is it really $800 PER PILL? Or are we in "The West" scalped because it's expected that we can afford it?

And then you can generalize this harsh lesson in cost-of-living to things that everyone you talk to will have an interest in... like food. And shelter.

Hopefully the parallels don't need to be drawn any more clearly in order to see that we (the whole damn world) need a very serious change in how the economic system works.

We will never know.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43067107)

...since that is outside the scope of a medical case study, and would be an extreme violation of confidentiality if it were made public.

It's certainly possible that some sort of state intervention occurred. From what we know, (A) the mother had HIV (B) mother and child received no prenatal care and (C) the mother failed to bring the child in for appointments and (D) at some point, the child was returned to care.

I don't mean to make any moral judgement calls, but that sequence of events strongly speaks for a mother and child among a vulnerable or marginalized population group. At the very least, we can assume poverty and lack of education. Very likely one or more of prostitution, drug use, or homelessness; unauthorized immigration status may also be a factor.

Re:Have the parents been relieved of their duties? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43067235)

Perhaps the treatment, like chemo, had some nasty side effects, and given its experimental nature, the mother decided not to subject HER child to it.

Re:Have the parents been relieved of their duties? (1)

GauteL (29207) | about a year ago | (#43067571)

I would argue that it isn't HER child if you emphasised her in order to establish ownership.

I am approaching this from a European perspective, which tends to be that the child does not belong to the parents. Instead the child belongs to itself, and the parents are merely the guardians. From this perspective, the parents autonomy over their children is limited, and life-threatening irrationality should lead to you being relieved of your duties as guardian.

The most obvious example is the case from England of the mother who refused cancer treatment for her child, and ran away with him [bbc.co.uk]. Not only was did the English courts decide the treatment had to go ahead despite the mother's wishes, but her documented willingness to run away with the child, meant the child was ordered into foster care.

Re:Have the parents been relieved of their duties? (1)

mjr167 (2477430) | about a year ago | (#43068075)

Without knowing all the details of the situation, it is impossible for us to judge them. Doctors are often wrong. When I was a child I was miss-diagnosed with cancer. one test showed cancer, but several others did not. The doctors wanted to do chemo and my parents decided to wait. Simply because a doctor recommends a treatment path does not make it the right choice.

If a doctor performs treatment that we later deem unnecessary and kills a patient we rile against the doctor. If a parent refuses treatment for their child we rile against the parent?

Re:Have the parents been relieved of their duties? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about a year ago | (#43070007)

Yes. For exactly the same reason, making a wrong decision that harmed the child.

Re:Have the parents been relieved of their duties? (1)

mjr167 (2477430) | about a year ago | (#43070309)

Unless it was the right decision...

Should my parents have been forced to give me chemo because a doctor thought there was a possibility I had cancer? It is very easy to look back on a decision years or even months later and know what the correct decision was. It is much harder to figure out the correct decision when the decision actually needs to be made.

My point is that you cannot judge a parent solely based on a couple sentence summary. There are times when the treatment is worse than the disease and a point at which you need to tell a doctor enough is enough.

Re:Have the parents been relieved of their duties? (1)

Sarten-X (1102295) | about a year ago | (#43067809)

Having worked in the medical world, this is unsurprising. From what I saw, patients often leave treatment against the wishes of their doctors. Some lose faith in the treatment's outcome, some get their first few rounds of bills and realize they can't afford care, and some have other committments that get in the way. What's particularly interesting in this case is that the patient(s) came back. That's promising.

They're niggers (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43067815)

What do you expect?

Re:Have the parents been relieved of their duties? (1)

moeinvt (851793) | about a year ago | (#43068037)

The method by which they contracted AIDS is irrelevant. If a person knows they are HIV+ and still makes the decision to procreate, I question their morality.

HIV+ people have been charged with a crime for spitting on others. i.e. attempting to infect a healthy person with the HIV virus. Why does the same crime suddenly become acceptable when the virus is transferred in the womb? The so-called "parent" could start experiencing full blown AIDS symptoms at any moment and leave the child an orphan. Hardly an optimal outcome. If the child gets the virus (not certain, but a huge risk) they'll have the same dark cloud hanging over them and probably live an abbreviated life followed by a painful death.

Even if we don't treat this as a crime, it should be considered socially unacceptable in the extreme.

Re:Have the parents been relieved of their duties? (1)

u38cg (607297) | about a year ago | (#43068811)

And you know that they knew their status at the time how?

Re:Have the parents been relieved of their duties? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43069865)

HIV+ people have been charged with a crime for spitting on others. i.e. attempting to infect a healthy person with the HIV virus. Why does the same crime suddenly become acceptable when the virus is transferred in the womb?

Because it's not the same at all? Spitting is an act of aggression against an otherwise healthy person, giving it to a fetus is a biological process completely outside of the pregnant woman's control.

Re:Have the parents been relieved of their duties? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about a year ago | (#43070021)

Ya know, from time to time procreation happens without a decision. Then there's that 9 months period during which a damn lot can happen.

Born in Debt (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43066755)

I can't help but think of the economic outcome of procedures like this once it becomes FDA-approved, mainstream treatment.

Anti-HIV drugs are outrageously expensive, partly because it's a long-term treatment. Incurring this expense at birth would severely affect one's ability to earn a decent living later on, even before being hit my student loans, mortgage, etc.

A new generation of complete povery is imminent.

Re:Born in Debt (2)

GauteL (29207) | about a year ago | (#43066827)

I can't help but think of the economic outcome of procedures like this once it becomes FDA-approved, mainstream treatment.

Anti-HIV drugs are outrageously expensive, partly because it's a long-term treatment. Incurring this expense at birth would severely affect one's ability to earn a decent living later on, even before being hit my student loans, mortgage, etc.

A new generation of complete povery is imminent.

Did you read the article or the summary? Did you even read the head line? The whole point of the story is the possibility that if treatment is given early enough it can become a functional cure, whereupon you may not need to receive any more treatment, ever, because your immune system can deal with it for the rest of your life.

The whole point of this story is the (possibly) good news that we may avoid exactly what you describe.

Re:Born in Debt (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about a year ago | (#43070039)

And people ask me why I love our "socialist" healthcare system where you pay a fixed premium and get whatever treatment you need...

Re:Born in Debt (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43072745)

And people ask me why I love our "socialist" healthcare system where you pay a fixed premium and get whatever treatment [the government can afford]...

FTFY...

HIV is NOT the cause of 'AIDS' (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43066759)

http://www.tig.org.za/The%20trouble%20with%20nevirapine.pdf

That is the sort of poison they gave to that baby.

Most of you don't even know what 'AIDS' is, either.

Try reading 'Science Sold Out' by Rebecca Culshaw. The HIV industry is the most shocking example ever of the corruption and dishonesty within modern 'science'.

Re:HIV is NOT the cause of 'AIDS' (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about a year ago | (#43070081)

I don't know exactly what AIDS is, right. But then again, I am also kinda wary to take medical advice from a mathematician...

Re:HIV is NOT the cause of 'AIDS' (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43073987)

Christ, what a brilliant rebuttal. You idiot.

Rebecca Culshaw proved, with MATHEMATICS, that HIV cannot be the cause of 'AIDS'.

If 'AIDS' was a sexually transmitted disease, there would be MILLIONS of people dying from it in the West, since the STD rates go up year upon year, which means more and more people are having sex without condoms. Where are all the 'AIDS' cases? How many 15 year olds do you think have STD tests? Why aren't they all infecting each other with 'HIV'?

You haven't got a clue about what 'AIDS' even is, like all the other cretins on Slashdot.

Let me guess: you didn't bother to read 'The Trouble with Nevirapine', right?

http://www.tig.org.za/The%20trouble%20with%20nevirapine.pdf

We won't see a cure. (1)

Westwood0720 (2688917) | about a year ago | (#43066767)

We may never see a cure for any of the illnesses out there. Big Pharma makes more money on treating than curing.

Yeah, right (3, Insightful)

mvar (1386987) | about a year ago | (#43066801)

raises hope for the more than 300,000 babies born with the infection around the world each year.

Especially when the majority of these infants are born in "third-world" countries, where people can't afford the basic stuff like food and water, they'll be able to cure their infants with this new treatment because the big pharmas will provide it for free. Can't wait for this to happen, along with the sun rising from the west

Re:Yeah, right (3, Insightful)

Sarten-X (1102295) | about a year ago | (#43067459)

America's Big Pharma certainly won't routinely provide it for free, but they will happily donate a lot of doses in a tax-deductible act of charity. Through partnerships with other charitable agencies, more doses will be sent abroad. Once the medicine gets to those third-world countries, some of it will even get past the warlords and corrupt leaders to make its way to hospitals, where a few treatments might even make their way to trained doctors.

At least one of those doctors will be paid off by a pharmaceutical company from China, Cuba, or another country that doesn't care much about American intellectual property laws, and soon cheap knock-off treatments (that work almost as well) will be produced. Those knock-off cures will be widely available in any country that isn't under the thumb of American pharmaceutical companies... which is exactly what the Big Pharma companies expect and don't mind, because they're not really pushing marketing to those countries, anyway. Sure, they'd love the extra business, but the lax distribution controls are a PR minefield they don't really care to walk through yet.

This is total crap (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43067831)

Sorry, but it's been known for YEARS that babies can retro-convert even after a year. This is not new material. And I don't believe them when they claim it's all the anti-viral drugs pumped into this new born!

Crap Science (1)

hackus (159037) | about a year ago | (#43073651)

Which is something I would throw this into a pile of all the other crap science I read about on a day to day basis...(i.e. Climate Change Carbon Credit Exchanges will save the world!!!)

So let me get this straight, they "SAY" the infant is cured, but can't say:

1) Why
2) How Long
3) or even if it is complete or partial

If you cannot make the most BASIC presumptions about the HIV status of an infant, after spending billions and decades of dollars on the problem the science is nothing but a institutional brain washing of the public.

I am sorry, but there is almost no difference between the guy I just posted about who "tinkered" with 3D printing and considered an amateur because he didn't want to do Mathematics and therefore is named a "undergraduate". Yet somehow, researchers are not undergraduates and post crap like this after decades of research, billions of dollars and seemingly can't even track the disease in the organism it spent billions on researching?

Crap science.

Sort of like listening to climate idiots talking about humans and animals on the planet have to die because CO2 is a poison and it is killing the planet, with PhD's and research that is suppose to be scientific, yet the same research can't even tell me what the wether is going to be like a week from now.

Yet, somehow we are suppose to kill ourselves because in 70 some years the earth will be dead.

BULLSH*T, CRAP SCIENCE.

-Hack

Irresponsible (1)

formfeed (703859) | about a year ago | (#43073851)

They shouldn't have published these results.

This will just lead to irresponsible behavior in infants.

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