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Researchers: Mississippi Toddler Cured of HIV

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(CNN) Researchers say a Mississippi toddler has been “functionally cured” of HIV.

A functional cure is when the presence of the virus is so small clinical tests cannot detect it in the blood.

The girl was born to a HIV positive mother who had no prenatal care.

Within 30 hours of her birth, the baby was given three anti-viral drugs. Researchers from Johns Hopkins announced Sunday that early intervention was the key to this outcome.

“We think we can build upon that platform,” said Dr. Deborah Persaud with Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. “What this case provided us is that we can use the currently FDA-approved drugs for treating infection in infants to really begin to replicate this finding.”