Scientists in America have recently moved one step closer to finding a cure for AIDS. AIDS is known across the world as one of the most deadly diseases which kills over 1.7 million people dying from the condition in 2011. Scientists have been striving to cure this awful disease since the discovery and recognition of the condition in 1981. One major issue with the spread of the disease is that it can be passed from the mother to the unborn child. Researchers have now claimed they have found the key to functionally cure children born with the HIV or AIDS virus.
A functional cure does not mean that the disease has been eradicated; it remains in the body but does not cause any harm to the infected person. The baby in question was treated with readily available antiretroviral drugs without the use of any invasive surgeries. What made this case different is the time at which the baby received their first dose of these important drugs. Receiving the medicine less than 30 hours after birth seems to be the key in disabling the HIV virus before it has a chance to take hold.
This process meant that 29 days after being born, the baby had no trace of the virus after testing. Whilst this does on occasion happen naturally it is only in 0.5% of people infected with the virus. Hopefully this scientific breakthrough will help people all over the world who suffer from the disease to overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of living a normal life.