Always on the grind. My latest words: The first in a series of articles for the Black AIDS Institute on the recently reported "functional" HIV "cure" and its implications for Black America. "What If That Baby Who Was 'Cured' of HIV Never Had It"
In early March, the news that a newborn baby in Mississippi had been treated with a potent cocktail of anti-HIV drugs was presented as the "first documented case of a child being cured of the virus." Only days after the pediatric case made international news, French investigators reported their "functional cure" of 14 patients who had started treatment within 10 weeks of infection.
So could a cure for HIV be on the horizon? Probably not. In the weeks since then, some have suggested that the Mississippi findings may have been exaggerated--and the infant may not have been infected with HIV but merely exposed to the virus. ... [And the] French results are not likely to be replicated easily across Black America--in part because many Black people are not diagnosed until after they've been HIV positive for years.
Read the full report HERE. Parts two and three will be published in upcoming weeks.