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Woman Cured of HIV Using New Treatment

A leukaemia patient in the United States has been cured of HIV after receiving a stem cell transplant from a person with a natural resistance to the virus. 

Following the new development, the patient becomes the third person, and the first woman in the world to be cured of HIV.  

The woman received a transplant of umbilical cord blood as part of her cancer treatment and she has been free of the virus for 14 months by the time of publishing.  

“The patient eventually stopped taking antiretroviral drugs to suppress her HIV infection, and so far, has been off the HIV drugs for 14 months, with no signs of HIV re-emergence

“This indicates a likely cure, although physicians at this stage prefer to call it long-term remission. She has also been leukaemia-free for more than four years,” Weill Cornell said in a statement.  

This suggests hope that more patients may be able to receive stem-cell transplants, though experts stress the cancer treatment isn’t likely to become commonplace for curing HIV.  

The patient becomes the third person, and the first woman in the world to be cured of HIV using the stem cell transplant PHOTO/COURTESY

In October 2020, reported that the first person to be cured of HIV Timothy Ray Brown also known as ‘Berlin Patient’ succumbed to leukaemia. 

The deceased had been living with a recurrence of leukaemia for several months that had entered his spine and brain.

Brown was diagnosed with HIV in 1995 while working at a cafe in Berlin as a German-English translator.

He was later diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in 2007.

He was cured of HIV in 2008 after receiving a bone marrow transplant in Berlin to treat acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). 

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