Target: Dr. Persaud and Dr. Katherine Luzuriaga
Goal: Thank researchers for completing first documented case of cured pediatric HIV
The first case of a child being effectively cured of HIV was recently documented. Thanks to Dr. Deborah Persaud and Dr. Katherine Luzuriaga, grantees of The Foundation for Aids Research, scientists are one step closer to finding a cure. The two doctors treated a newborn who was born HIV-positive for 18 months. The child was then off of the treatment for five months, and when the mother and child returned for a checkup there was no trace of the virus in child’s system.
The finding was revealed by Dr. Persaud at a conference in Atlanta. She reported that numerous tests using the most effective and sensitive detection confirmed this finding. She also stated that the child has been virus-free for over a year now. Dr. Persaud and Dr. Luzuriaga’s team used a method of treatment called antiretroviral therapy, which combines at least three types of antiviral drugs and has proven to be effective in reducing the level of suffering HIV positive patients experience.
Though one instance of a cure does not mean that all cases going forward can be treated successfully by this method, this finding breeds hope. As Dr. Steven Deeks of the University of California pointed out to the Associated Press, “This will likely inspire the field, make people more optimistic that this is possible.”
This groundbreaking result will push researchers to pursue a cure for HIV with even more diligence and it highlights the importance of prenatal HIV testing. It also points out the importance of immediately treating HIV positive newborns. A continued search for a definitive cure is essential, Around 300,000 children were born with HIV in 2011. Please thank Dr. Persaud and Dr. Luzuriaga for their tireless work and efforts.
Dear Dr. Deborah Persaud and Dr. Katherine Luzuriaga,
We would like to thank you for your research that led to the first documented case of cured pediatric HIV. The research and treatment implemented by you and your team has not only changed the life of a family for the better, but provides hope and inspiration for researchers all over the world.
With around 300,000 children born with HIV in 2011, your research concerning pediatric HIV is just as important now as it has ever been. We support your commitment to this important cause and thank you for your hard work.
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