Berlin Patient Cured of AIDS?

Doctors believe an HIV-positive man who underwent a stem cell transplant has been cured of AIDS as a result of the procedure.

In 2007, Timothy Ray Brown also known as the Berlin Patient, was treated with bone marrow stem cells from a donor with a natural resistance to HIV infection, which is said to be the reason Brown is now AIDS-free.

While more research is required, this is still good news that may provide hope for the approximately 33 million people living with AIDS worldwide.

There are even babies who are born with AIDS and then have to live with the disease their whole life because of their parents.
Have we found the cure for AIDS scientists have been looking for all these years?

asked by Cotton in Diseases & Conditions | 2963 views | 12-15-2010 at 01:21 AM

This new discovery looks very promising as a cure for AIDS but more research is needed to confirm it as a cure.

Before the stem cell transplant the Berlin Patient received chemotherapy treatment that destroyed most immune cells and total body irradiation, and also received immuno-suppressive drugs to prevent rejection of the stem cells.

Antiretroviral therapy, which is used for treatment of HIV, was halted after the The Berlin Patient received the bone marrow transplant.

The transplant appeared to wipe out both Berlin Patient's cancer and AIDS disease, giving hope to doctors. Timothy Ray Brown’s case was published in a February 2009 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Berlin Patient is the first person in the world to ever be declared cured of AIDS.

answered by Curtis | 12-15-2010 at 01:21 AM

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