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Researchers Developing Clinical Trial To Evaluate Early Infant Treatment As HIV Cure

Nature News examines ongoing research efforts into an HIV cure, writing, “At a symposium on HIV cure research on 29 June at the International AIDS Society’s biennial meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, investigators will describe how they are racing to design a clinical trial to test whether [aggressive treatment begun within hours of birth] works, and why.” Noting “the case of the ‘Mississippi baby’ — who seemed to be cured of HIV after aggressive treatment was begun within hours of birth, the news service writes, “The trial, sponsored by the International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials (IMPAACT) Group, marks a change for the field: so far, most research worldwide has focused on adults.” Nature News describes the details of the proposed research, as well as the “practical and ethical challenges” (Hayden, 6/26).

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