Connect to share and comment

GlobalPost Commentary

HIV cure: a game changer or just a lucky little girl?

Commentary: Many obstacles remain for those who need interventions and care.
Hiv aids civil disobedience 382013Enlarge
Activists participate in a campaign of civil disobedience outside the White House after a march from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on July 24, 2012, in Washington, DC. AIDS activists from organizations all around the world participated in the march to "demand rights and resources to confront and cure HIV/AIDS." (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

DENVER — This week’s scientific report on the “functional cure” of a HIV-infected infant has set the world’s media ablaze with discussion and speculation. Is this truly a “game-changer,” as media outlets like NPR have reported?

In the long run, perhaps. The researchers themselves pointed out that this was a “proof-of-concept” case and that we need to learn much more about why this baby’s virus appears to be eradicated before we generalize the results into medical or public policy.

While we wait for scientific confirmation of the treatment, this little girl’s case crystallizes the continued challenges of delivering interventions already proven to prevent pediatric HIV/AIDS.

The baby girl was born to an HIV-infected woman in Mississippi who was unaware of her HIV status. Of the 4 million children born each year in the United States, just 100 are born with HIV/AIDS. This impressively low number is thanks to a combination of widespread antenatal care, regular HIV/AIDS testing of high-risk mothers, and pharmacological advances in combination therapies for preventing mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) in utero, before the virus has a chance to take hold in the fetal immune system.

Although this package of interventions is incredibly low-cost, about 330,000 babies will be born with HIV/AIDS in less developed countries, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa. This is due to stigma and discrimination, but most of all due to the lack of resources for these interventions.

The aforementioned 330,000 children born with pediatric AIDS represents about 25 percent of babies born to HIV-positive mothers around the world, whereas 100 such cases of pediatric AIDS in the US accounts for roughly .25 percent. While the baby girl in Mississippi was truly unlucky to miss the initial window for preventing HIV, her situation would have been typical in many parts of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Even after more than six years of a concerted global campaign to end HIV/AIDS, great swathes of Sub-Saharan Africa lack the facilities, the personnel or the drugs to carry out simple PMTCT interventions. While countries like South Africa and Zambia now provide PMTCT to 75 percent of HIV-infected mothers, others like Angola and Ethiopia remain below 25 percent.

Having missed the window for prevention, the girl’s astute pediatrician recognized the risks of infection and promptly started the girl on an aggressive three-drug antiretroviral treatment for HIV.

HIV infection was confirmed in repeated tests just hours later. Eventually, the girl’s medications reduced the quantity of the virus in her blood to undetectable levels. Amazingly, the girl’s “cure” didn’t require a pie-in-the-sky Buck Rogers solution or a yet-to-be discovered vaccine.

The antiretroviral medications she was treated with have been available around the world for many years. Indeed, her care shows us once again that HIV treatment medicines can also prevent some HIV infections. But the costs of standard three-drug treatments for children infected with HIV can be out of reach in many countries.

More importantly, this aggressive intervention was only possible because the little girl was delivered in a hospital by skilled attendants knowledgeable about HIV/AIDS. It is widely recognized that hospital delivery is essential to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality due to many causes, but the world has flinched at paying the costs. If this were ever to be achieved, then hospital deliveries would be a great opportunity to administer such a treatment.

Like many families affected by HIV, the child and her mother did not stay connected to the medical clinic. The child’s mother continued treatment for about 18 months, but then stopped medications.

Studies generally show that populations in developing countries are more reliable at complying with the rigorous drug protocols facing HIV-infected populations and better at staying in contact with their health providers.

Yet their path to recovery is beset with numerous perils, including the departure or absenteeism of qualified health care workers, continual supply shortages for needed drugs and diagnostic equipment, nutritional deficiencies and other diseases that impede their recovery, migration, and disruptions in treatment due to local or national conflict.

In the US and abroad, ensuring drug adherence and referring patients to a wide range of social, health and nutritional services requires considerable organizational resources, information technology and passion.

Normally, HIV comes roaring back to high levels a few weeks after treatment is stopped. But in this case, detailed laboratory testing showed that HIV never reappeared in her blood — suggesting that this very lucky girl had indeed been cured of her virus infection.

While it remains possible that there was something unique about this little girl that allowed her to recover, current reports suggest that there was nothing about her genetic profile that made her uniquely capable of recovery. At the same time, in many populations non-adherence is accompanied by malnutrition, exposure to other infectious diseases, and poverty, all factors that may make the pathway to recovery quite different.

Substantial numbers of people living with HIV in the US and elsewhere are either unaware of their HIV status, or not engaged in medical care. There are many reasons for this situation, including stigma, discrimination and fear of the unknown.

These issues won’t be solved with new medicines, but rather a critical reassessment of community beliefs about HIV/AIDS and some deeply held prejudices. However effective they may be, life-saving or curative medications cannot work if those who need these interventions face obstacles to receiving care.

The Obama Administration has set as its goal an AIDS-free generation. If the outcomes of this case are confirmed, the strategy revealed this week could transform HIV treatment practices around the world and advance this policy objective.

Yet the promise of curing the 300,000 babies born with HIV each year cannot be achieved unless babies are delivered in a healthcare facility with the necessary funds, diagnostic tools, medications and well-trained healthcare providers.

Randal Kuhn is an associate professor and the director of the Global Health Affairs Program at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies.

Benjamin Young is the chief medical officer of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care and an adjunct professor at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/commentary/hiv-cure-science-health-technology-US

Victor Brown More than 1 year ago
Hello......... my name is Mrs lawrenta pedro,i am from mancherster united,i am happily married and blessed with kids,i am a business woman and my husband is business man too we both operating provsion store, on october 1st 2012 me and my husband emback on a trip to ghana,on our way back,we had a terrible accident,that took my husband's life,while i was rushed to the hospital,by god grace,i was stil living,after a year and seven month,when my husband were passed away,a man came to my house,and ask me to get married to him, unkownly, that he was HIV possitive and i never bordered to conduct a check up test with him,before,i accepted him into my life,why,because,he was so cute,gentle and handsomme young man,he was so caring.i never look at him,like one that would be hiv positive.after two year of our marriage,my body system began to weak up,all day i feel dizzy and lazzy,and i began to losse weight as well, so i went for a check up test ,for [fever,hiv/aid,malaria],the result, show me that, i am HIV possitive.so i was affraid,that,i would die,so, i were running from hospitals,churches and native doctors,searching for cure, because i didnt want to die.one day i went to a pastor's house,i told him my problem;as i was telling the pastor my problem, there was one man which was with us,which i never look at his face,the pastor prayed for me,on my way out , this same man,who was siting with us,called me,i was like asking myself why this man was calling me, so i jost mannage to wait to hear out what he will say,he told me that,he will like to introduce me to this spell caster man, his name is PROPHET ISAAC,SO i JOST SAID thanks and leaved,i never wanted to go and see the PROPHET,but a mind,ask me to go for a try,so i went there,i meant him and i explain everything to him,he cast a spell on me and he told me,after two weeks,i should go for a hiv check up test again,after two weeks,i went for the hiv test,which the result shows me that i am now HIV NEGETIVE,whaoooooooo. i was like mad at the hospital,very happy.....if you have any problem you are facing now.....please cotact [PROPPHT ISAAC]....PROPHTISAACSPELLHOME@GMAIL.COM.......OR CALL +2348103626847......
Patrick Stella More than 1 year ago
Thank to dr. cuba for his good work I really believe HIV have cure I was HIV positive over since 1year plus before I come across a comment dr.cuba that he have cure to any disease and virus but when I saw it i have it in mind that he can’t cure HIV I just decided to give a try I contact him that night lucky to me he said yes but I don’t believe him I think it was a scam or some thing like that but I still hold on to see the work of dr.cuba if he is saying the true he ask for different things and some question about me I give him all the detail he needed and I wait to see his reply to my problem after all the things is done he ask me to go for check up I went for hiv test I cant believe I was negative the midical doctor was surprasie and doctor even ask for dr cuba email which i give to him, he he is help people that contact him also he can still help you on your cure thanks dr.cuba for helping me for the cure at this young age if you need help contact him now drcubatemple@gmail.Com call +2348062477418
Theodora Magret More than 1 year ago
Do you know that there is a great spell caster who can cure any deadly disease. Like Cancer, Hiv, syphilis, madness, low spam count e.t.c. Well my main reason why i am writing this right now is to inform the whole world about the great deeds, Dr. Ariba did for me. I was diagnosed of this deadly disease in the year 2000 ever since then i was taking my medications, until i met the great spell caster, though i never believed in spell. I saw many testimonies on how a great spell caster cured their deadly diseases. I contacted him through his phone number. I called him, he asked me to send him my email, which i did. He gave me a form to fill, I filled it and send it back to him. He told me that his god's required some items in which he will use in casting a curing spell on me. I don't know where to find the items he required. He told me that the only alternative is for of to send him the money, then he can help me to purchase the items from the items sellers. I promised myself to do anything to get cured. I sent him the money. He bought the items and casted a curing spell on me. Two day later he asked me to go for check-up, when i did the check-up i was tested HIV Negative. If you passing through hardship and you need a way out, kindly contact him via his email on dr.aribaspelltemple@outlook.com or draribaspelltemple@gmail.com or call his number on +2348163979933
John Williams More than 1 year ago
Hello everyone I want to thank Dr Ariba for helping me, because ever since September 2006, I have been HIV positive it was confirm by my doctor that I’m hiv positive. So one day as I was browsing through the internet I saw a testimony on how this great man called Dr Ariba help a girl called amanda cure her HIV AIDS, this was really terrible, as i rush to quickly contact him for a cure, as i contact him and he told me not to worry that he will help me, that I should give him two days to cast the spell with his oracle {spirits} to tell him what to do, he later told me on what items and materials i am to buy over here in my country, i purchase them, so after two days he call Me to go for a test and I go for the test and I was now hiv negative I’m very happy now that I’m hiv negative I’m thankful to Dr Ariba for helping. You can contact Dr. Ariba through his email address, draribaspelltemple@gmail.com, or dr.aribaspelltemple@outlook.com you can also call him on +2348163979933, or visit his website on http://great-dr-ariba.simplesite.com/
Sophia Blaze More than 1 year ago
Hello everyone I want to thank Dr Ariba for helping me, because ever since September 2006, I have been HIV positive it was confirm by my doctor that I’m hiv positive. So one day as I was browsing through the internet I saw a testimony on how this great man called Dr Ariba help a girl called amanda cure her HIV AIDS, this was really terrible, as i rush to quickly contact him for a cure, as i contact him and he told me not to worry that he will help me, that I should give him two days to cast the spell with his oracle {spirits} to tell him what to do, he later told me on what items and materials i am to buy over here in my country, i purchase them, so after two days he call Me to go for a test and I go for the test and I was now hiv negative I’m very happy now that I’m hiv negative I’m thankful to Dr Ariba for helping. You can contact Dr. Ariba through his email address, draribaspelltemple@gmail.com, you can also call him on +2348163979933,
Sophia Blaze More than 1 year ago
Hello let me share this testimony to the world to hear about him too this man really exit I was HIV positive over 9year I have being in medication and I try to look for cure to my problem and I go through internet doctor and I found a tradition doctor named DR. Ariba I contacted him for help he give me all his laws and rule that if I get cured I should write about him and that is what am doing now, this man ask for some information about me, which I give him this man cure me from HIV what a great man thank for your help when he get the information he told me that he is about to work on it 20 to 30 minute this man email me and told me what to do for the curing which I did after all the things needed for the cure is provide the man call me in 45mins later and tell me to go for test what a great day to me I was negative thanks dr. Ariba you can Dr. Ariba through his email address, draribaspelltemple@gmail.com, you can also call him on +2348163979933,
vivie More than 1 year ago
I want to say hello to the world at large, I am very grateful for the good deeds DR. OKORUNDO did for me, I was a HIV patient, everything went bad for me, I couldn’t do things with my friends anymore, I loosed my job, I loosed everything, I was even waiting for death itself, I went searching on the internet I saw many testimonies on how different spell casters helped people in curing their deadly diseases, I collected one spell caster’s email, which dr.okorndo I emailed him and he answered me, I told him all problems, he ask me not to worry, that I will be free from the deadly disease, which I did, he casted the spell, and told me that he will send a holy water to me through courier services, I was surprised, because he did not mention it to me before, I paid for the courier delivery service, I got a holy water, he asked me to drink it which I did and he asked me to go for a medical check-up in a hospital, I went to the hospital I went for a HIV test, I was tested HIV negative, I was shocked, I asked myself, “is there still good helpers out there”? I promised to share my testimony to the whole world, I’m now free, I have a better job, if you are passing through pains you need help you can share your problems to DR. OKORUNDOthrough DR.OKORUNDO@HOTMAIL.COM +2348113017989
vivie More than 1 year ago
I am indeed very happy for my life; I never thought that I will live on earth before the year runs out. I have been suffering from a deadly disease (HIV) for the past 2 years now; I had spent a lot of money going from one places to another, from churches to churches, hospitals have been my every day residence. Constant checks up have been my hobby but until this faithful day, I was searching through the internet, I saw a testimony on how a spell caster helped someone in curing his HIV disease, quickly I copied his email which is DR.OKORUNDO@HOTMAIL.COM +2348113017989 I spoke to him, he asked me to do some certain things which I did, he told me that he is going to cast the spell which he did, then he asked me to go for medical checkup after 45 minutes of casting the spell, I was free from the deadly disease, he only asked me to post the testimony through the whole world, faithfully am doing it now, please brothers and sisters, he is great, I owe him my life, if you are having a similar problem just email him on DR.OKORUNDO@HOTMAIL.COM +2348113017989
Prince Jeffery More than 1 year ago
I want to say good about a spell caster that help to cure my hiv he is good at it I was having hiv for 4year and when I emailed him he help me and when I went to the hospital and check I was not have hiv again he is the best in the wold I love him if any have this kind of problem or you need any help form him you can email him today on this email; drolorispiritualtemple@gmail.com you are the best I love u and god bless, drolorispiritualtemple@gmail.com
Mr Victor More than 1 year ago
I WANT TO THANK DR OSEMEN healinghomeofallsickness@outlook.com THE GREAT HEALER FOR THE WONDERFUL MEDICINE HE GAVE TO ME FOR WHEN I WAS SUFFERING FROM HIV. I HAVE NEVER BELIEVE THAT I CAN BE CURE FROM THIS DEATHLY DISEASE CAUSE I HAVE BEEN SEEKING FOR THE SOLUTION TO THIS MY SICKNESS SINCE THREE YEARS BACK BUT I COULDN'T UNTIL THE DAY I WAS SEARCHING THE INTERNET AND I CAME ACROSS THE TESTIMONY OF A LADY WHO SHARED A A GOOD TESTIMONY ABOUT DR OSEMEN AND HOW HE HELP HER TO CURE HER SICKNESS, AND I ALSO DECIDED TO CONTACT HIM FOR HELP, DR OSEMEN GAVE ME A MEDICINE THAT I WILL DRINK FOR THREE WEEKS WHICH I TRULY DRANK AND AFTER THE THREE WEEK I WENT FOR CHECK UP AND TO MY GREATEST SURPRISE AND JOY MY DOCTOR TOLD ME THAT MY SICKNESS IS NO WHERE TO BE FOUND THAT I AM NOW HIV NEGATIVE. IF YOU ARE OUT THERE READING READING MY TESTIMONY PLEASE HELP TO HANK GOD AND DR OSEMEN FOR THE WONDERS WORK HE HAS DONE FOR ME. PLEASE CONTACT THIS GREAT HEALER FOR HELP IF YOU NEED HIS HELP.EMAIL ADDRESS: HEALINGHOMEOFALLSICKNESS@OUTLOOK.COM
Sandra Allen More than 1 year ago
i was tested HIV positive 2001 and since then i have been battling with this sickness, not until i came across this testimony online about this spiritual healer and decide to try it out. after taking his medication for two weeks, i receive and email from him i should go for test and to God grace i was tested HIV negative, all the illness was gone, you too can contact him via email. spiritualharbalcureATyahooDOTcom spiritualharbalcureATgmail.comDOTcom for cure.
Amanda Swan More than 1 year ago
Thanks DR ARIBA for your kindly everybody know HIV is a deadly diseases I was once a HIV positive, Am from south Africa am 29yr I contacted this diseases when I was 23 I was using drug over since, just last week for here I see this man email on one testimony that he cure HIV so surprised when I read the testimony and I don’t believe there Is cure to HIV and I see another testimony about the same man, then I have to try I get the real true of this testimony I call the number below it and the man answer me he ask me to send down my email so we can start immediately I send the email well I don’t know how he did it but god know, He cure me less than 1hour thank you lord and Dr.ariba from healing me from this disease if you need cure 100% on HIV contact him I promise you, you we rejoice like me this is his email and number draribaspelltemple@gmail.com or dr.aribaspelltemple@outlook.com or call him +2348163979933
Michel Kelvin More than 1 year ago
Thanks DR ARIBA for your kindly everybody know HIV is a deadly diseases I was once a HIV positive, Am from south Africa am 29yr I contacted this diseases when I was 23 I was using drug over since, just last week for here I see this man email on one testimony that he cure HIV so surprised when I read the testimony and I don’t believe there Is cure to HIV and I see another testimony about the same man, then I have to try I get the real true of this testimony I call the number below it and the man answer me he ask me to send down my email so we can start immediately I send the email well I don’t know how he did it but god know, He cure me less than 1hour thank you lord and Dr.ariba from healing me from this disease if you need cure 100% on HIV contact him I promise you, you we rejoice like me this is his email and number draribaspelltemple@gmail.com or dr.aribaspelltemple@outlook.com or call him +2348163979933
Michel Kelvin More than 1 year ago
well thanks DR ARIBA the man that help and never say no if you beg him for help i was very sick and i have this sick call HIV for 5year i have being going to one hospital to another but they all advice me to take drug and i don’t like taking drug without i have no being cure totally i deicide to go for online to look for help them i see this email on internet that he cure HIV for 45mins i dont believe because i have being taking drug for 3year i have not cure totally i call +2348163979933 to confirm if it is true he assure me that i we being heal that day i was so confused because i have not see this kind of healing before he tell me that he we cast a curing spell on me that we cure me totally i never believe until when i go for checkup i was tested negative the man cast curing spell on me in 45mins and i was heal thank you DR ARIBA for you totally heading mail him if you need to being heal ok draribaspelltemple@gmail.com or dr.aribaspelltemple@outlook.com OR call +2348163979933
Sophia Wright More than 1 year ago
Hello friends, I’m from Austria I want to tell the whole world about the good deeds DR.OKORUNDO did for me, I was diagnosed of a cancer disease (liver cancer), I was told by my family doctor, that I have only 8 months to live on planet earth, I was so depressed, I was thinking about my family, I don’t want to leave them behind, I will not surely die of this cancer that was my prayer, I was told by a friend of mine that, he have heard of DR.OKORUNDO curing HIV/AIDS in that case he can also cure your cancer disease, I never believe in spell, I collected his email from him, then I contacted him via email, he told me not to bother myself, that everything will be alright, I believed him, due to the way he said it. He asked me to purchase some items, which I did, he casted the spell and tell me that am free from the bondage, he also asked me to go for checkup, the CANCER disappeared from my body totally, I am forever in debt to him, I owe you a lot Doctor. If you have any deadly disease like HIV/AIDS, ALL TYPES OF CANCER, GONORRHEA, SYPHILIS, and ANEMIA any disease you can think off. Kindly email him now on DR.OKORUNDO@HOTMAIL.COM or call his mobile line on +2347067167955
Morgan Ella More than 1 year ago
Hello let me give this testimony to the public about a great man who help me out in serious illness I have HIV AID for good 5year and I was almost going to the end of my life due to the way my skin look like all I have in my mind is let me just give up because life is not interesting to me any longer but I just pray for god every day to accept my soul when ever I’m gone lucky to me my kids sister run to me that she found a doctor in the internet who can cure HIVAID she help me out on everything the man ask for my picture, so he can cast a spell on me from his temple after all he ask is done 45mins later I started getting more stronger my blood start flow normally for 4 to 5 days I start getting Wight before a month my body start developing my skin start coming up after 2month I went for HIV test and I was tested negative I’m so happy that I can say I’m not a HIV patient if you have HIVAID or any sickness please for your save contact him for cure now vickydaniscapitals@gmail.com call +2348169340571.
Collins Williams More than 1 year ago
He that work and never ask for anything thanks DR. OKOROM for good work for healing my brother for HIV sickness he was very sick for a year + and my daddy have spend so much money on medical care and drug he have being taking to some many place for healing… even different pastor have pray for him it get worse every 6 hours the man that heal with 45mins is here the man that the lord god have giving the power to put every thing in place the man that give a word and never fail my kid brother was just chatting one day when he see this post of jack about the curing of HIV virus by DR. OKOROM he ran to my daddy and told him about the man, my daddy decided to call him and confirm it if it is true about the cure, the man just assure him about his work that the great power of his fore-father and his gods cure any disease including HIV/AID, Ebola, Rota virus, Smallpox ,Hepatitis well we have hope on him which we give a try to after 45 mins my kid brother started getting better as i'm writing this comment he is at work now. What a miracle….. if you need help from DR. OKOROM contact him now my friend through his email or phone number Dr.okoromspellhome@live.com call+2348127147869
Eusebiopecurto More than 1 year ago
É de admirar e de elogiar o trabalho deste movimento de activistas frente á Casa Branca é necessário que todos os cidadãos sejam agente de mundaça por um mundo melhor
Alvan Catsouphes More than 1 year ago
I just bought a great Nissan GT-R from earning $6178 this last 4 weeks, and would you believe $10k last month. It’s by far the easiest job I've ever had. I actually started 10 months ago and practically straight away got at least $81 p/h. Here’s what I’ve been doing epic2.c(om)