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Published in News Stories on March 04, 2014 (PDF)

One year later, Mississippi baby remains free of HIV

Media Contact: Jack Mazurak at 601-984-1970 or jmazurak@umc.edu.

Jennifer Hospodor at 601-984-1105 or jhospodor@umc.edu.

Ruth Thomas at 601-815-5132 or rthomas4@umc.edu.

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JACKSON, Miss. – Dr. Hannah Gay, University of Mississippi Medical Center associate professor of pediatrics, reports the following:

“The Mississippi Baby continues to be followed carefully at the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s pediatric clinic. She has not taken any HIV medications for almost two years and her virus has not returned. We are thrilled that she continues to do so well.”

Dr. Gay and her colleagues, Dr. Deborah Persaud, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center virologist, and Dr. Katherine Luzuriaga, University of Massachusetts Medical School immunologist, first discussed the Mississippi Baby case publicly a year ago at the 2013 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), held in Atlanta.

Currently at CROI 2014 in Boston, Dr. Persaud is scheduled for Wednesday, March 5, to present a scientific abstract containing an update on the Mississippi Baby, including data from tests in the past year.

The presentation is scheduled to be available at http://www.croiwebcasts.org/ after the session.

For the original March 2013 news release, click here.

The child’s mother has elected to keep their identities and other personal information private.