Medical science has done an incredible job in the battle against HIV and AIDS. Here's the latest sign that its days as an incurable death sentence are numbered. Doctors have announced that they've completely cured a two-and-a-half-year-old child in Mississippi who was born with HIV. He was born that way because his mother was HIV-positive although neither she nor her doctors knew she was HIV-positive until she was in labor. The child was treated with an aggressive amount of anti-HIV drugs, which completely knocked the disease out of his system before it could lock in and spread. This is only the second case ever of a person being completely cured of HIV. In 2007, scientists cured a man with HIV using a bone marrow transplant.
The National Institutes of Health says the way they treated the child in Mississippi, "is as close to a cure, if not a cure, that we've seen." They're optimistic that with more testing, this could be the way to eliminate the disease in HIV-positive babies. There are fewer than 200 HIV-positive babies born in the U.S. every year, but more than 300,000 born every year in Africa.