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Post by Guest on Thu Mar 06, 2014 6:28 pm

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A baby girl born with the HIV virus may have been cured as a result of very early treatment, US doctors have said.

The California child is the second case in which doctors may have brought HIV into a remission in a newborn.

The announcement, made at a medical conference in Boston, raises hopes that a way to rid babies of the virus that leads to AIDS may have been found.

"The child ... has become HIV-negative," said Dr Deborah Persaud, a paediatrics specialist with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

The girl was born in suburban Los Angeles last April. Doctors started administering anti-retroviral drugs just four hours after birth.

She is still receiving a three-drug cocktail of anti-AIDS treatments, but Dr Persaud said a series of sophisticated tests at multiple times have suggested the baby has been completely cleared of the virus.

A child born in Mississippi, now nearly four years old, ceased receiving anti-retroviral treatments two years ago after also appearing to have been cured. However, it will take years to determine whether the treatment has worked.

In another AIDS-related development, scientists have modified genes in the blood cells of a dozen adults to help them resist HIV.

The results give hope that this approach might one day free at least some people from needing medicines to keep HIV under control. That study on the gene approach was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The human immuno-deficiency virus, or HIV, surfaced more than 30 years ago and now infects more than 34 million people worldwide.

Prevention measures, including condoms, have helped check its spread and antiretroviral drugs can now control the disease for decades, meaning it is no longer a death sentence.

http://news.sky.com/story/1221894/hiv-positive-baby-girl-may-be-cured

Amazing news  cheers

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Post by Guest on Thu Mar 06, 2014 6:30 pm

that's wonderful news....

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Post by Ben Reilly on Thu Mar 06, 2014 6:31 pm

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 cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers 

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Post by Guest on Thu Mar 06, 2014 6:55 pm

good news

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Post by Guest on Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:45 pm

Ben_Reilly wrote:HIV-Positive Baby Girl 'May Be Cured' Il_340x270.433548691_nmfu

 cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers 

cheers When 34 million people are infected world-wide these kinds of discoveries can have a massive impact.

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Post by Ben Reilly on Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:49 pm

feelthelove wrote:
Ben_Reilly wrote:HIV-Positive Baby Girl 'May Be Cured' Il_340x270.433548691_nmfu

 cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers 

cheers When 34 million people are infected world-wide these kinds of discoveries can have a massive impact.

Yes indeed, and to think back to the fear that people had when the epidemic first came out -- it's a wonderful thing that there is solid hope for a proper cure now.

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Post by Raggamuffin on Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:50 pm

There might be loads of people who have contracted the virus and got rid of it by themselves without even knowing. Who knows?

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Post by Guest on Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:53 pm

Ben_Reilly wrote:
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cheers When 34 million people are infected world-wide these kinds of discoveries can have a massive impact.

Yes indeed, and to think back to the fear that people had when the epidemic first came out -- it's a wonderful thing that there is solid hope for a proper cure now.

Catman and I have discussed "the fear" many times.  When HIV first hit the headlines it was an automatic death sentence  Sad   Sometimes I think a little of that fear might be a good thing and perhaps people wouldn't take unnecessary risks  No

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Post by veya_victaous on Thu Mar 06, 2014 11:40 pm

Raggamuffin wrote:There might be loads of people who have contracted the virus and got rid of it by themselves without even knowing. Who knows?

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Post by eddie on Thu Mar 06, 2014 11:45 pm

Good news!

Although people are still sleeping with strangers and taking unnecessary risks.
The best way to cure this disease is to put a condom on it!

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Post by Guest on Fri Mar 07, 2014 12:53 am

eddie wrote:Good news!

Although people are still sleeping with strangers and taking unnecessary risks.
The best way to cure this disease is to put a condom on it!

What about those that have been raped, what about those that have never bothered to get tested?

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Post by Guest on Fri Mar 07, 2014 12:56 am

Testing on the gay scene is more active there, promiscuous young straight people think that they are immune, but the continent of Africa would tell a different story, and there has been plane travel etc.

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Post by eddie on Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:41 am

Catman wrote:Testing on the gay scene is more active there, promiscuous young straight people think that they are immune, but the continent of Africa would tell a different story, and there has been plane travel etc.

I agree! Straight males are just as guilty having unprotected sex.
People have become a bit lax about it all IMO.

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Post by Guest on Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:52 am

eddie wrote:
Catman wrote:Testing on the gay scene is more active there, promiscuous young straight people think that they are immune, but the continent of Africa would tell a different story, and there has been plane travel etc.

I agree! Straight males are just as guilty having unprotected sex.
People have become a bit lax about it all IMO.

Not being sexist, but are not the woman also as guilty for having unprotected sex?

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Post by eddie on Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:06 am

PhilDidge wrote:
eddie wrote:

I agree! Straight males are just as guilty having unprotected sex.
People have become a bit lax about it all IMO.

Not being sexist, but are not the woman also as guilty for having unprotected sex?

Absolutely!
Though I've never quite understood how lesbians infect each other easily?  scratch 
Perhaps it's not as easy for them, I don't know lol

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Post by Guest on Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:10 am

eddie wrote:
PhilDidge wrote:

Not being sexist, but are not the woman also as guilty for having unprotected sex?

Absolutely!
Though I've never quite understood how lesbians infect each other easily?  scratch 
Perhaps it's not as easy for them, I don't know lol


Not easy I guess, but I think it has happened, maybe someone knows more on this

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Post by eddie on Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:20 am

PhilDidge wrote:
eddie wrote:

Absolutely!
Though I've never quite understood how lesbians infect each other easily?  scratch 
Perhaps it's not as easy for them, I don't know lol


Not easy I guess, but I think it has happened, maybe someone knows more on this

I'll shag a lesbian later and let you know  lol! 

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