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British Man Second Ever to be Cured of AIDS by Stem Cell Transplantation

by Redaktie in Health & Body , 10 April 2019

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In the United Kingdom a man was declared cured of the AIDS virus after a successful stem cell transplantation. It is the second case ever in which this intervention led to complete recovery.

Three years ago, the man underwent an operation in which he received stem cells from the bone marrow of a donor, which contained a genetic resistance against the virus. About a year and a half after the operation, the man was told that he could stop taking medication such as AIDS inhibitors. Since then no return of the virus has been detected, with the result that he has now been declared "functionally cured".

The attending physicians speak of a hopeful development in the fight against AIDS, but emphasize that this does not mean that a general cure against the HIV virus is found.

Also, the doctors do not rule out the possibility that in the future, the virus will manifest itself again in the cured man. The man was eligible for the experimental treatment because it was his last chance of survival after he became seriously ill in 2016.

The second known case of healing after stem cell transplantation ever

In 2007, an American male, Timothy Brown, underwent a similar operation in Berlin, after which it turned out that the HIV virus was no longer present. To this day he is alive and healthy, with no trace of the virus.

Worldwide, there are an estimated 37 million people infected with the HIV virus. Since the 1980s, AIDS has claimed the lives of approximately 35 million people.

Today, the disease can be inhibited with medication, but fully functional medicine is yet to be discovered. The procedure by which the man was cured is seen by doctors as "expensive, complex and risky," and there is no guarantee that it will work for everyone.



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