Baby cured of HIV?

A baby has apparently been cured of HIV by very early treatment. There are headlines around the world.

A giant leap forward it would seem and it ought to be a cause of great celebration

But my reaction is completely dominated by this one sentence buried within Reuter’s report:

There are no samples that can be used by other researchers to confirm the findings, which may lead skeptics to challenge how the doctors know for sure that the child was infected.

I am extremely wary about hype surrounding “great advances” especially when a huge amount of research funding is possibly at stake.

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