For the second time in history, a case of AIDS has been cured.
A baby born with the AIDS virus appears to have been cured, scientists announced Sunday, describing the case of a child from Mississippi who’s now 2½ and has been off medication for about a year with no signs of infection.
There’s no guarantee the child will remain healthy, although sophisticated testing uncovered just traces of the virus’ genetic material still lingering. If so, it would mark only the world’s second reported cure.
Specialists say Sunday’s announcement, at a major AIDS meeting in Atlanta, 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.
“You could call this about as close to a cure, if not a cure, that we’ve seen,” Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health, who is familiar with the findings, told The Associated Press.
The child was born in Mississippi which, given the religious demographics there, there’s over a 90% chance the mother prayed to god to cure her baby. God, as always, didn’t help.
But humanity, with nothing but the power of their mind and compassion, has done what god could not (or would not). Human beings can be so cool sometimes.
I’ll bet the mom still credits god.