AIDS researchers announced a setback in the long search for a cure. Doctors believed that they had cured a baby girl by using aggressive and early treatment. But after years without requiring therapy, she tested positive for HIV during a follow-up visit. Jeffrey Brown talks to Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, who has been involved with the case. Continue reading
Federal law seeks to keep sexual assault victims from paying for forensic exams, but in some states they may have to cover tests and treatment for pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections. Continue reading
News of three promising approaches raised hope at an AIDS conference this week: the prevention of HIV infections in monkeys through intravenous injections; the second successful treatment of a baby born with HIV; and a study showing the safety of genetically altering cells to prevent infection. Jeffrey Brown turns to Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health to walk through the developments. Continue reading
It’s been an interesting week in the field of AIDS research.
There’s been talk about potentially giving people quarterly shots or injections instead of daily pills, gene therapy to fight off HIV, and an infected baby that was treated so aggressively with AIDS drugs within hours of its birth that HIV can no longer be detected. Scientists in Boston have been meeting at an annual conference and have been discussing these early, but important new findings. Continue reading
Researchers announced that for the first time, a child born with HIV has been cured. To learn whether this offers hope to thousands of HIV positive babies worldwide, Ray Suarez talks to Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Rowena Johnston of amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. Continue reading
The Rev. Rick Frechette went to Haiti 25 years ago on a religious mission to shelter families "broken by tragedy." In his mid-40s, he decided to become a doctor and built a modern pediatric medicine facility. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports as part of our Agents for Change series on the challenges Frechette has faced. Continue reading