German man cured of HIV



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    A German man has been declared cured of HIV after undergoing a risky treatment that could have killed him.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    A German man has been declared cured of HIV after undergoing a risky treatment that could have killed him.
     
    Gizmodo.com reports that Timothy Ray Brown has been officially cured of the virus after undergoing a stem-cell transplant that about one-third of patients don’t survive.


     
    The transplant was actually part of an aggressive treatment for his acute myeloid leukemia. Doctors at Germany’s Charite Universitatsmedizin Berlin hospital also put Tim through chemotherapy that destroyed many of his white cells. 

     
    The secret to Tim’s miraculous recovery lies within the genetic structure of his donor. Doctors carefully chose to extract bone marrow from a man with a very rare genetic mutation that renders him nearly invulnerable to HIV.

     
    When the donor’s HIV-resistant cells were implanted in Tim in 2007, they grew in his immune system. Since then, Tim hasn’t taken any antiretroviral drugs, and doctor’s recently deemed him completely cured of HIV. 

     
    Although many patients with HIV don’t have the option, or financial resources, to undergo such treatment, it really isn’t a cure-all procedure. However, the good news is that this does prove that HIV can be cured.

     

     

    – Sonya Eskridge


     

     

     

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