HIV Patient Cured of the Virus with Bone Marrow Transplant

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Timothy Brown is the first person to ever be cured of HIV. CNN recently reported the good news, saying Brown received a bone marrow transplant with an “HIV-resistant mutation”. The news was reported at the 2012 AIDS Conference in Washington D.C.

Over 25,000 people attended the International AIDS Conference this year, including Timothy Brown. As you probably already know, there has never been a cure for AIDS or HIV, but Brown’s successful treatment may shed some light on new methods for treating the disease.

Brown received the “miracle” bone marrow transplant, not to treat his HIV, but to treat leukemia which he was also battling. Brown says he quite taking his HIV medication the day after the transplant because, as he says, “my HIV was gone”.

Treatments for HIV have been relatively successful over the past two decades. Just take a look at Magic Johnson; he’s been living with the disease since the early 1990s and doing quite well.

Despite the fact treatments for HIV and AIDS have progressed over the past two decades, a cure has eluded doctors and scientists studying the deadly disease. However, doctors are calling Brown’s case a “cure,” not just a temporary fix or remission of the disease. The word “cure” is not one that’s thrown around lightly when it comes to the HIV virus and AIDS. But in this case, “cure” is actually the word being used.

The HIV and AIDS epidemic affects men, women and children worldwide. According to Avert, an international charity focusing on the disease, approximately 34 million people live with AIDS or HIV (2010). An estimated 1.8 million people died from the disease in 2010 alone.

There’s undoubtedly a lot more research that needs to be done before doctors can begin recommending bone marrow transplants to HIV and/or AIDS patients. It’s a step in the right direction, however.

Timothy Brown’s successful bone marrow transplant not only cured him of HIV, but it also gives millions of other people new found hope in the fight against AIDS and HIV.

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