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London HIV patient becomes world’s second AIDS cure hope

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 6, 2019 16:47

London HIV patient becomes world’s second AIDS cure hope

An HIV-positive man in Britain has become the second known adult worldwide to be cleared of the AIDS virus after he received a bone marrow transplant from an HIV-resistant donor, his doctors said Tuesday (March 5).

Almost three years after he received bone marrow stem cells from a donor with a rare genetic mutation that resists HIV infection – and more than 18 months after he came off antiretroviral drugs – highly sensitive tests still show no trace of the man’s previous HIV infection.

“We’re presenting the second example of sustained remission from HIV in a case where an individual has been transplanted with cells that are resistant to HIV and for the purposes of treating the cancer, termed an allergenic stem cell transplant,” Ravindra Gupta, a professor and HIV biologist who co-led a team of doctors treating the man, told Reuters at the CROI conference in Seattle.

AIDS experts said the case is a proof of the concept that scientists will one day be able to end AIDS, and marks a “critical moment” in the search for an HIV cure, but does not mean that cure has already been found.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 6, 2019 16:47