Advancement in HIV cure gives hope to those already infected

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POSTED: Monday, March 4, 2013 - 7:30pm

UPDATED: Monday, March 4, 2013 - 10:50pm

Baton Rouge has one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the United States, so news about a possible cure for HIV is hitting close to home.

"It was real scary when they were saying I wasn't going to live long, ya know, I have three children."

Millicent Foster was given a few weeks to live after she was diagnosed with AIDS, but now over 10 years later she’s living her life to the fullest but she knows her case is very rare, and not everyone is so lucky. So, when she heard about they 2-year-old being cured of HIV, her heart raced.

"I have grandchildren so I’ve always said I want my children to live in an aid free generation, so with this cure they may actually live an AIDS free generation," says Foster.

Millicent has met many women living with this virus through the Baton Rouge Aids Society. Women who she says never even thought having a child would be possible, until now.

"I do know a few ladies who are positive and would like to have children but they are scared their children may be positive as well,” notes Foster. ”So I think this would give them hope and maybe change there minds about one day having baby."

And Millicent believes this means there's not only hope for those born with the virus but others like her. "If this child is born with HIV and its cured, I wants born with it but maybe one day I can be cured."

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