Potential Game Changer? HIV Toddler Cured

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Researchers confirmed that a two-year-old girl born with HIV has been functionally cured, and remains virus-free. Can this be the breakthrough many have been hoping for?
Air Date: 3/6/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. Rana Chakraborty, MD
IMAGE.jpg chakrabortyDr Rana Chakraborty has been an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases since September 2008, having previously completed Pediatric ID training in The Bronx, NY, Newark NJ, Oxford, England and Nairobi, Kenya. His interests include understanding the immunovirology of HIV infection in children, Pediatric HIV care and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. He is Director of the Pediatric center at the Ponce clinic – the largest
facility in the state of Georgia offering care to HIV-infected infants, children, adolescents and their families. Current areas of research include eliciting potential correlates of protection at the placental interface and potential application to HIV vaccine development, and drug metabolism of antiretroviral therapy in HIV-infected adolescents and children.Prior to coming to Emory University, Dr Chakraborty worked as a Consultant in Pediatric ID at St George's Hospital, London and developed and published UK guidelines on Pediatric HIV care including management of opportunistic infections and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. He sits on a number of national and international
committees including the Children's HIV Association of the UK, the Committee on Pediatric AIDS under the AAP and The DHHS Panel on Treatment of HIV-Infected Pregnant Women and Prevention of Perinatal Transmission.

Potential Game Changer? HIV Toddler Cured
It marks the first time HIV has been essentially eradicated in a child, making her just the second person ever said to be cured of HIV.

Doctors at a Mississippi hospital say they gave the girl an especially intensive three-drug regimen within 30 hours of birth, tests had previously confirmed she was infected and wasn't merely at higher risk from her mother.

What might this mean for more than 300,000 babies born with HIV each year, mostly in Africa.
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