IMG_6103A baby girl was born to a HIV-positive mother, who did not receive the recommended prenatal HIV treatment given to prevent vertical transmission to the fetus. Within 30 hours of birth the HIV-positive baby was started on an antiretroviral regimen containing zidovudine, lamivudine, and nevirapine. The baby received this drug regimen for 18 months but was lost to follow-up for almost a year, when finally seen by doctors the baby had an undetectable HIV viral load and HIV antibodies, due to these results the doctors discontinued therapy. How do you think this will affect the future research into treatment of newborns born to HIV-positive mothers? What other examples in history of medicine related to spontaneous cures come to mind when looking at this case?

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