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Stem Cell Transplant Cures HIV In ‘Berlin Patient’

December 14th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Stem Cell Transplant Cures HIV In ‘Berlin Patient’.

Timothy Ray Brown, also known as the “Berlin Patient,” received the transplant in 2007 as part of a lengthy treatment course for leukemia. His doctors recently published a report in the journal Blood affirming that the results of extensive testing “strongly suggest that cure of HIV infection has been achieved.”

Brown’s case paves a path for constructing a permanent cure for HIV through genetically-engineered stem cells.

Last week, Time named another AIDS-related discovery to its list of the Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs of 2010. Recent studies show that healthy individuals who take antiretrovirals, medicine commonly prescribed for treating HIV, can reduce their risk of contracting the disease by up to 73 percent.

While these developments by no means prove a cure for the virus has been found, they can certainly provide hope for the more than 33 million people living with HIV worldwide. Alongside such findings, global efforts to combat the epidemic have accelerated as of late, with new initiatives emerging in the Philippines and South Africa this week.

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  • 1 ChiRaven // Dec 15, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    It should also be noted that this procedure itself is NOT feasible on any sort of larger scale as a cure for AIDS, even if it does prove to be 100% effective. Its only real value is that by studying the mechanisms by which it accomplishes its work scientists believe they may be able to develop a synthetic treatment that will work on a larger scale.

    Sadly, no working solution to THE big problem yet.

  • 2 DEC // Dec 27, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    ChiRaven,
    Actually it’s not only feasible, its’ essentially being done in a trial by a public traded biotechnology company, Sangamo Biosciences. Check out their website and google the name.