Monday, November 18, 2013Download All Stories
God intervened in HIV cure of baby, Hannah Gay believes
JACKSON, Miss. (BP) -- The continued good health of a Mississippi baby born with HIV causes Hannah Gay, the HIV specialist who treats the child, to speak of divine intervention.
The baby remains in remission more than 18 months after her last anti-viral treatment. "Hopefully we'll be able to find out what it was about this case that was different from all the others that we've ever seen and be able to replicate that for other babies in the future."
The 3-year-old's continued lack of any replication of the virus indicates the first documented case of HIV remission in a child, The New England Journal of Medicine reported Oct. 23, fostering renewed hope that the child is permanently cured.
"The big question, of course is, 'Is this child cured of HIV infection?'" the Journal article stated. "The best answer at this moment is a definitive 'maybe.'"
Gay, an associate professor of pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, was first credited in March with achieving a "functional" cure of the child, indicating the viral presence remained in the child but was no longer replicating. The viral presence was so low it could only have been detected by ultrasensitive methods, but not the standard clinical tests.
Gay treated the child, born to a mother who received no prenatal care, with an unprecedented, aggressive regimen of three anti-viral medications within 30 hours of birth three years ago. The mother discontinued treatment of the baby after 18 months, but when she returned the baby for treatment at 23 months tests revealed that the virus had not been replicating.
Gay has been in the spotlight for months because of the achievement. She presented a case study of the baby on Nov. 5 to the prestigious Oxford Union in England, a forum for debate and discussion at Oxford University which has hosted an array of notables, including world leaders, since 1823.
The case gives Gay opportunities to share in general terms her faith in God, she told Baptist Press, and is further maturing her as a Christian.
Baptists respond quickly to Midwest tornadoes
WASHINGTON, Ill. (BP) -- An approaching tornado interrupted worship at First Baptist Church in Washington, Ill., Nov. 17, leading pastor Josh Monda to shepherd his congregation to shelter in the basement and ensure all were out of harm's way. Read More
China's one-child revision seen as minimal
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- China announced Friday (Nov. 15) it will loosen family planning rules that limit most couples to a single child."The whole coercive system is still unchanged."
--Bob Fu on China’s one-child policy
The revision does not go nearly far enough, said longtime critics of what is known as China's one-child policy. Only a small percent of couples will benefit from the first change in decades to the policy, which still leaves intact a coercive system of forced sterilization and abortion. Read More
Harrowing post-typhoon journey ends safelyMANILA, Philippines (BP) –- The stench of rotting dead bodies was overwhelming.
"I can't breathe. It's burning my eyes," Makenzie Baker told three Filipino co-workers. Read More
Fla. Baptists closer to 50/50 CP split
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) -- While focusing on "Partnering for God's Kingdom," Florida Baptists moved one step closer to sending half of their Cooperative Program gifts to national and international missions with the approval of a $30.5 million CP budget during their 152nd annual meeting. Read More
N.Y. Baptists test changes in bylaws
AMHERST, N.Y. (BP) -- Messengers to the Baptist Convention of New York's 2013 annual meeting implemented on a trial basis two changes to BCNY bylaws and approved recommendations on carrying out the Vision Task Force plan. Read More
BP ledger, Nov. 18 edition
EDITOR'S NOTE: BP Ledger carries items for reader information each week from various Southern Baptist-related entities, and news releases of interest from other sources. The items are published as received.
Today's BP Ledger contains items from:
Campbellsville University learns about human trafficking
By Jose Soriano
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (Campbellsville University) -- Dr. Wayne Barnard, director of student m... Read More