The Path to a Cure
The Pathway to an HIV Cure and Other Treatments in the Pipeline
Is curing HIV possible? I believe that the answer is a resounding YES! The proof of concept for a cure is derived from the famous Berlin patient, Timothy Ray Brown, who many now believe has been "cured." Also, at least two small pharmaceutical companies are researching gene therapy, of which the upshot may be to mimic the same effects observed in Mr. Brown.
At the time of this writing, it has been more than five years since Brown's bone marrow transplant and he continues to demonstrate clearance of HIV from blood and other tissues. The transplanted cells were from a donor who harbored the delta 32 variant gene. Moreover, there are some individuals who already have this rare genetic alteration; they do not need a "cure" because they were born with and harbor this same delta 32 genetic variant. These individuals cannot become infected by exposure to HIV.View Full Article
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