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There Is a Cure for HIV

There Is a Cure for HIV

Much of this stems from the belief that Magic Johnson is cured. He is not. There is no practical cure for HIV. And no, neither the government nor the pharmaceutical industry created a cure that they are hiding.

To date, Timothy Brown is the only man to have been cured of HIV, which was a result of an extremely risky stem cell transplant from a donor who had a very specific HIV-resistant mutation in his CD4 cells. This "functional cure" was a perfect storm of events and would be very difficult to repeat.

While the many HIV antiretrovirals available today have saved millions of lives, in order for us to beat HIV, more funding and research need to go toward finding a cure.

Warren Tong is the associate editor for and Follow Warren on Twitter: @WarrenAtTheBody.

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Comment by: Al B. (NY) Tue., Oct. 25, 2011 at 5:54 am EDT
Having sex with a virgin cures HIV
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Comment by: Barbara (Tampa, FL) Mon., Oct. 24, 2011 at 11:52 am EDT
Oral sex can be problematic when both parties are HIV+ and have gingivitis or periodontal disease and exchange fresh blood from bleeding gums.
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