AIDS cured in Mississippi baby.

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.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Glodson

    The mom can credit her imaginary friend all she wants. We know this is the real value of science and rational thought.

  • Jaime Wise

    How wonderful for that little baby! Hopefully, the scientists/doctors responsible can isolate and improve what made this happen.

    • Heather

      The doctors didn’t even know the mom had HIV until she was in labor. Since they couldn’t do anything proactive to protect the baby from getting the virus beforehand, they rushed the baby to a hospital with the HIV medication and used heavy dosing often in order to prevent the virus from creating reservoir cells from which it could replicate later. Awesome thinking on the part of the doctors.

      • John Horstman

        I hate to rain on everyone’s parade (not even necessarily raining), but isn’t this basically the same post-exposure prophylaxis (HIV exposure typically results from the infant’s passage through the vagina or exposure during Cesarian delivery, though this is usually done in a way that attempts to prevent exposure for cases of HIV-positive mothers, and only 15-20% of pregnancies without treatment lead to infection in the infant – see this and this; this was high-dose antiretroviral meds administered within 72 hours of exposure and taken for , which is the PEP recommendation for HIV with a much longer medication period) that we’ve been using for years, with a good (though not 100%) success rate? Is the only difference that the pregnant woman hadn’t been on anti-HIV drugs and the infant had detectable viral levels at birth? None of this strikes me as surprising, just a slightly different presentation of a case for which we’ve had highly successful outcomes for years.

        • Ashton

          It’s close but not quite. With PEP the person receiving it would not be testing positive for the virus yet. In this case the baby did actually have a positive test.

  • baal

    I hope this finding gets borne out but HIV can write itself back into your DNA. That allows it to potentially sit quietly and undetectable for really long periods of time. It’s possible that the baby wasn’t infected long enough for that to occur. I’m uneasy that so much noise is going on over a single case.

  • Steve

    The headline is wrong. The baby didn’t have AIDS

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