UNDATED, (WXOW) - A two-year-old Mississippi girl has been functionally cured of HIV. A group of researchers made the announcement Sunday.
Functionally cured means the presence of the virus is so small that lifelong treatment is unnecessary and standard tests cannot detect the virus in the blood.
The girl was treated at a Children's Hospital in Jackson Mississippi.
Researchers from Johns Hopkins say early intervention was key to this outcome.
"What was different about this case is that the dose that was used for prevention was actually given as a therapeutic dose in regiment, which was twice a day daily...so standard in the U.S. we don't really give treatment as early as this child received therapy" said Dr. Deborah Persaud of Johns Hopkins.
If the child remains healthy, it would mark the world's second reported cure, but the first ever in an infant.
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