HIV returns in ‘cured’ baby

Professor Deborah Persaud, a paediatric infectious diseases physician at Johns Hopkins

Hospital who treated the child said the outcome, while disappointing, was a step forward for HIV research.

“There are huge lessons learned here. It’s also a remarkable case of HIV remission for 27 months with very early combination antiretroviral therapy (ART). It’s unprecedented.”

The child, born in 2010 to an HIV-positive mother, was given ART 30 hours after birth. Treatment was ceased at 18 months and the virus could no longer be detected. But this month, HIV was detected in the