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NIH To Conduct Trials To Test HIV Treatment In Newborns

New York Times: Great Hope for Babies With HIV
“America’s National Institutes of Health will soon sponsor clinical trials abroad to evaluate whether early and very aggressive drug treatments for babies infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, can effectively clear the virus from their bodies. The hope is that such treatments might ‘cure’ at least some of them, as seemingly happened in one famous case in the United States. But no one yet knows whether such therapy can be successful on a broad scale. … The babies would be put on high-dose drugs within 48 hours of birth and be followed for several years. If the results are promising, this treatment could spare more than 250,000 infants who are born infected each year from a lifetime of illness or costly and toxic treatments” (3/8).

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