California: "Cured" HIV Patient Timothy Brown to Share Story at Valley Conference
March 8, 2012
Timothy Brown will be the keynote speaker and a panelist Saturday at the HIV/AIDS Conference at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. Brown was initially known to the world as "the Berlin Patient," an HIV-positive man who has tested negative for the virus since receiving two stem-cell transplants from a donor with a rare genetic immunity to HIV. Dr. Jay Levy, an AIDS researcher and educator at the University of California-San Francisco, was long a skeptic about Brown's progress "because the virus can hide in so many places. When I finally heard he was five years without the virus being detected, that's when I could say he's been functionally cured." Speaking of his upcoming talk, Brown said, "I want to give the message of hope after 30 years of a disease which has killed millions of men, women, and children. I want to bring the message that there are a lot of things that are based on my cure that may lead to a universal cure for HIV." Brown will speak at 8:45 a.m. at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences, 39000 Bob Hope Dr. The conference will conclude at 4 p.m. The event is free; there is a $5 lunch charge for walk-ins. For more information, telephone 760-282-4481 or visit www.sites.google.com/site/hivprovidernetwork.
Desert Sun (Palm Springs)
03.07.2012; Blake Herzog
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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