The BBC News analysis (http://goo.gl/D6W9e
) of this morning’s new story about a baby “cured” of HIV infection gets it exactly right. All the news reports make it clear that the child still carries the HIV virus (as integrated proviruses presumably), and even though it is not currently “active”, we do not know what the future holds for this child.
It is possible to cure HIV infection, as in the case of the “Berlin patient” (Long-Term Control of HIV by CCR5 Delta32/Delta32 Stem-Cell Transplantation”. N Engl J Med 360 (7): 692–698. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa0802905 http://goo.gl/f6Exg), but we will not know the fate of this case until years have elapsed and the peer reviewed science has been published.
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