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Doctor cures HIV infected baby

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB-TV)--A recent breakthrough in the fight against HIV and AIDS may offer hope to people across the country.  Local health experts say it's positive news, but not really much of a step forward in the fight against HIV and AIDS.  But it does offer some hope for people living with the disease.

"Automatically, my heart sunk. I knew what it was," says Lashey, an HIV patient.

Lashey tested positive for the disease more than 20 years ago.

Lashey says, "I never would have dreamed that I would be here today at 53 years old."

She doesn't want us to reveal her identity, but she does want to share her excitement about the recent medical breakthrough involving a Mississippi doctor who cured an HIV infected baby.

"It gave me hope. I'm very optimistic about it and I'm hoping that they do the testing and the clinical trials and that it's something that will be approved that's going to get rid of this terrible disease that's killing people."

"It certainly is a very hopeful story," says Dr. Charles Woods. 

Dr. Woods is a professor of pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.  Woods says it's still not time to celebrate.

"It is good and it is hopeful, but it is not much of a step forward.  It's not no step but it's not a very big step."

Dr. Woods says there's a reason why the child in Mississippi was cured and why it probably won't work help adults.  "The reason for that is that this particular child probably had the HIV infection only for a few days...maybe a week or so at the most before the treatment was started."

Perhaps a cure for adults is still just a dream, but Lashey is still hoping and praying it will come true one day.  She says, "It would be great not to have to take all those pills every day."

Dr. Woods says there are about 100 to 150 HIV infected babies born every year in the United States.

 

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