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Man Officially Cured of HIV

Postby StlSluggers » Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:10 am

'Officially' is not my term, thank you very much. :^

And it sounds like this isn't exactly a method anyone else with HIV would want to try (bone marrow transplant, aggressive chemotherapy), but it's still a neat story.

Gizmodo wrote:Man Officially Cured of HIV

For the first time, a man has been declared officially cured of HIV. The remedy may nearly have killed him, but it opens a door—just a crack—to hope that we may someday kill off the scourge for good.

Strangely enough, the diagnosis that most concerned Timothy Ray Brown in 2007 was acute myeloid leukemia. HIV has been increasingly thought of as a manageable disease, though certainly a terribly burdensome one. What brought the 42-year old Brown under the care of Germany's Charite Universitatsmedizin Berlin hospital was the more immediate threat his cancer posed.

The treatment Brown underwent was aggressive: chemotherapy that destroyed the majority of his immune cells. Total body irradiation. Finally, a risky stem-cell transplant that nearly a third of patients don't survive—but that appears to have completely cured Brown of HIV.

Doctors were savvy when they chose a stem cell donor for Brown. The man whose bone marrow they used has a particular genetic mutation, present in an incredibly small percentage of people, that makes him almost invulnerable to HIV. With Brown's own defenses decimated by treatments, the healthy, HIV-resistant donor cells repopulated his immune system. The initial indications that the virus had abated were promising. But only just now, having taken no antiretroviral drugs since the transplant, and following extensive testing shows no signs whatsoever of HIV, have his doctors given the official word:

He's cured.

What does this mean for the future of treatment? It's not as though every HIV patient can or would want to go through the tremendous suffering that was prelude to Brown's recovery, or be able to afford the procedure if they could or did. But for the first time, we know that HIV can be cured, not just managed. It opens new avenues of research—gene therapy, stem cell treatments—that may otherwise have been thought dead ends. [AIDS Map]

Send an email to Brian Barrett, the author of this post, at bbarrett@gizmodo.com.
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Re: Man Officially Cured of HIV

Postby bigh0rt » Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:03 am

Well at least I have some hope...
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Re: Man Officially Cured of HIV

Postby Tavish » Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:08 am

Medical Science - Knocking down barriers to cheap hookers and heroin since 2010.
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Re: Man Officially Cured of HIV

Postby BitterDodgerFan » Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:30 am

magic johnson is pretty much cured isn't he?
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Re: Man Officially Cured of HIV

Postby dAnzac » Thu Dec 16, 2010 2:02 pm

Officially? :-?

I think I'll wait for JT to confirm
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