Doctors Pinpoint Why Child Who Appeared Free of HIV Suffered Relapse

February 18, 2015 10:00 PM

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- HIV hid deep inside a young Mississippi girl born with the virus who suffered a disappointing relapse last July, after more than two years in which she appeared to have been cured by early, aggressive drug treatment, her doctors report.

They now know that the girl's HIV was dormant all that time -- not simply percolating undetected -- because tests have shown that her recurring virus was an exact match to her mother's HIV, said the girl's pediatrician, Dr. Hannah Gay, of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, in Jackson.

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