Tag: Immunology

The baby cured of HIV – my thoughts as a virologist

Picture of a random baby off WikiMedia Commons

My conclusion: It sounds to me as if this is a baby with a current and clearly documented HIV infection, which happens to be either extremely well suppressed and/or only minimally functional. I am of the opinion that this is not a conclusive case of a true cure. The word “cure” has been qualified with the word “functional”. We should be careful using words like “cure” in situations like this – the term “functional cure” is really just the use of “functional” as a weasel word to allow the term “cure” to get into the headlines.

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