Relapse of second HIV ‘miracle’ baby
The Milan baby was born in 2009 to an HIV-positive Italian woman, and treated with prophylaxis within 12 hours of birth. After three years of treatment it appeared that the virus was in remission.
However, unlike the Mississippi 'miracle' baby who made news in July after being HIV-free for 27 months, full dose antiviral therapy was not administered until the fourth day after birth.
This potentially allowed more of the virus to proliferate, according to infectious diseases physician and scientist Professor Sharon Lewin, director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and