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San Francisco Chronicle Editorial: "Baby's Cure Marks Milestone in AIDS War"

March 5, 2013

"The tantalizing and long-sought dream of an AIDS cure appears to have arrived. The almost unkillable virus, which until now could be suppressed but not eradicated, was snuffed out in a Mississippi infant infected at birth by a mother who tested positive for AIDS. The results come loaded with caveats and conditions and are tied to just one case. But the result is hugely important because 330,000 infections per year occur worldwide at childbirth, when a mother transmits the virus to a newborn." (San Francisco Chronicle, 3/4)

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