Originally Posted by 'Hamas' Jenkins
It's not uncommon. This has been standard procedure for quite a while. It's known as post-exposure prophylaxis. Medical professionals who receive needle sticks from suspected or actual patients with HIV have been given AZT for years.
The difference in this case is that the child was given a full cocktail, possibly including fusion and/or integrase inhibitors, a newer, stronger class of drug.
The Berlin patient mentioned in the article was technically cured, but it's not a feasible cure, as he required a bone marrow transplant and received BM from a donor with the CCR5 Delta 32 mutation, a rare mutation more common among Northern Europeans, which confers resistance to HIV.
The entire chemokine family shows a ton of potential as far as understanding the spread of disease. I study CCR7's role in the chemotactic spread of cancers... really interesting stuff.