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Thu, Jul 10

Child thought cured of HIV tests positive

The Mississippi girl born with HIV who was believed to be cured after aggressive early treatment has tested positive for the virus, a disappointing setback for HIV/AIDS research.

The child, who had not been on antiretroviral therapy for 27 months, was believed to be the first person to have the virus completely eliminated through drugs, and scientists had hoped to be able to replicate her regimen to treat other babies infected at birth.

“It felt very much like a punch to the gut,” Hannah Gay, a physician who treated the baby, said during a news conference Thursday.

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