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A miracle of science gives hope to people with HIV.
It's the talk of Nashville's AIDS community. For the first time, doctors say they have cured a child of HIV.
The little girl was diagnosed with the virus at birth. Her mother tested positive for HIV, but the woman was never given any of the usual prenatal anti-HIV drugs.
Doctors acted fast. The baby was treated, and now she may be cured.
The banners are full of names. They are Middle Tennessee residents who have died of HIV/AIDS over the past years.
While the grieving never ends, the people at Nashville Cares are now encouraged.
"It's all over social media," says Patrick Luther with Nashville Cares.
Word is spreading quickly about the little girl in Mississippi who has been cured of HIV.
The child is believed to have contracted the virus from her mother.
"The pediatrician immediately gave the child three anti-retrovirals," says Luther.
Patrick Luther has been learning more all day.
The child was born with HIV, treated with drugs, and now, 2 1/2 years later, the virus is undetectable.
"This provides an opportunity, not just here in rare instances, but also worldwide, where it may be in more frequent instances, to provide prophylactics at the last minute," says Luther.
While Luther is hopeful, it's not clear how much of an impact the child's case could have.
The Director of Metro Nashville's STD program knows the girl's situation is the exception and not the rule.
"I think it would be difficult at this point to try and scale that up to a population," says STD Program Director Brad Beasley.
Research shows there are about 5,700 HIV patients in the greater Nashville area.
But the child in Mississippi was treated 30 hours after exposure, which is something that's hard to duplicate for adults and adolescents.
"There are an enormous amount of variables in there that could influence that outcome," says Beasley.
Still, the research goes on. Vanderbilt Medical Center continues to search for a vaccine, and treatment has come a long way in the last 30 years.
Advocates say the Mississippi case is another step in the search for a cure.
Doctors are encouraged that this case could help children in developing countries where prenatal care is rare.
As many as 1,000 children in the developing world are born everyday with HIV.
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Tuesday, March 5 2013, 04:15 AM CST
Man pleads guilty to Memphis officer's murder
May 21, 2013 22:22 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former death row inmate is set to be released from prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of a Memphis police officer.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday that she has accepted Timothy McKinney's guilty plea.
McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Officer Don Williams. The officer was killed outside a comedy club in December 1997.
McKinney appealed and won a new trial, which ended with a deadlocked jury. A third trial earlier this year also ended in a hung jury.
The Commercial Appeal reports that McKinney was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since he's already served more than 15 years -- including 11 on death row -- McKinney will be released this week.
Williams' family opposed the settlement.
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