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Two men with longstanding HIV infections no longer have detectable HIV in their blood cells following bone marrow transplants.
An AIDS Conference in Washington D.C. on Tuesday gave hope in the search for finding a cure for the disease that caused nearly 30 million deaths since the 1980s.
Timothy Ray Brown, also known as the "Berlin" patient, now lives back in San Francisco. More than 5 years ago he got 2 bone marrow transplants that cured him from HIV.
An HIV-positive American has become an icon for the potential end of a disease that has claimed the lives of countless millions.
The medical journal Blood reported on Tuesday that doctors believe one man may have been cured of HIV/AIDS after receiving a stem cell transplant in 2007.
UCLA AIDS Institute researchers successfully removed CCR5 â€” a cell receptor to which HIV-1 binds for infection but which the human body does not need â€” from human cells. Individuals who naturally lack the CCR5 receptor have been found to be essentially resistant to HIV.
Researchers say an HIV positive man in his early 40s no longer shows any sign of the virus two years after undergoing a stem cell transplant from a donor with a rare resistance to the disease.
Doctors were happy to announce Wednesday that a man who suffered from AIDS appears to have been cured of the disease 20 months after receiving a targeted bone marrow transplant normally used to fight leukemia.
A German doctor expressed surprise that an AIDS patient shows no sign of the fatal virus after receiving a bone-marrow transplant for leukemia. The patient, an American living in Berlin, is recovering from the leukemia therapy.
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