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.View Full Article
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