Baby Cured Of HIV: What Does This Really Mean?

A doctor looking up at a clear test tubeIs there really an HIV cure, now that a baby has been successfully treated?

U.S. researchers have reported that a Mississippi baby girl born with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, has been cured. The child was born to a mother who had tested positive for HIV only after the child was born – meaning that the child was at a high risk for infection.

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Experts say that this is an historical case of a functional cure, which essentially occurs when a person achieves remission without the need for drugs and standard blood tests show no signs that the virus is active.

But is it a cure?