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第二例美国艾滋病婴儿被"治愈"

来源:生物谷 2014-03-06 14:18

2014年3月6日讯 /生物谷BIOON/ --最近美国研究人员表示他们"治愈"了又一名被艾滋病病毒感染的婴儿。这名出生在加州婴儿的母亲是艾滋病患者,研究人员在这名婴儿出生的四个小时后就开始对其进行艾滋病治疗,经过一段时间的治疗,这个九个月大的婴儿血液中已经检测不到艾滋病病毒。不过由于目前这名婴儿仍然在接受鸡尾酒疗法,研究人员还无法确定最后的治疗效果。

去年在密西西比州出生的一名艾滋病病毒携带婴儿接受类似治疗成功,其血液艾滋病病毒检测由阳性转为阴性。这一结果在国际上引起广泛关注。不过值得注意的是,血液检测为阴性并不能证明已经彻底治愈艾滋病,只是说明病毒浓度被控制在相当低的水平。

目前全世界有4300万人感染艾滋病病毒,人类征服艾滋病的道路依旧曲折。(生物谷Bioon.com)

详细英文报道:

US researchers have revealed another baby carrying the HIV virus, which leads to Aids, may have been cured through early treatment.

Antiretrovial drugs were reportedly administered to the baby in California just four hours after birth.

The unidentified nine-month-old child is now said to be HIV negative.

It is the second such case after an HIV-positive Mississippi infant brought into remission following early treatment was reported in 2013.

'Not without risk'

"This is a call to action for us to mobilize and be able to learn from these cases," Johns Hopkins University paediatrics specialist Dr Deborah Persaud said at a Boston medical conference.

No trace of the virus can now be found in the infant's blood or tissues, the doctor revealed.

Dr Persaud said the nine-month-old child is still receiving a three-drug anti-Aids cocktail, while the three-year-old Mississippi child stopped receiving antiretroviral treatments two years ago.

"Really the only way we can prove that we have accomplished remission in these kids is by taking them off treatment and that's not without risk," Dr Persaud added.

Both children are reported to have been born to mothers infected with HIV, which weakens the body's immune system.

The human immunodeficiency virus has infected more than 34 million people worldwide, researchers estimate.

 

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