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German Doctors Declare "Cure" in HIV Patient

December 17, 2010

A new report finds that nearly four years after a bone marrow transplant, a patient with both HIV and leukemia appears to be free of HIV. "Our results strongly suggest that cure of HIV has been achieved in this patient," wrote the investigators, led by Thomas Schneider of Berlin's Charite-University Medicine.

The patient underwent the stem cell transplant in 2007, with researchers using bone marrow from a donor who had a genetic mutation affecting the CCR5 receptor, which HIV uses to enter the cells it infects. People with the delta 32 mutation, most of whom are of Northern European descent, are naturally resistant to the virus.

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Comment by: Cate (Peterborough, canada) Tue., Nov. 29, 2011 at 7:42 am EST
I was diagnosed with breast cancer 15 years after HIV diagnosis. Treated with double mastectomy and chemotherapy. The chemotherapy with the HIV nearly killed me. Using immune suppressing treatment with HIV is extremely limited in trials. I recognize that my experience is by no means the same for everyone. This is just my experience on immune suppressive therapy and HIV.
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