Thursday, March 14, 2013

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First Man Cured of HIV Virus

 At his first U.S. news conference, the first and only man to be cured of HIV infection says he's setting up a foundation to help fund an AIDS cure.

Timothy Ray Brown, 45, was living in Berlin and being treated for his HIV infection with a normal anti-HIV drug regimen. When he developed leukemia, he underwent a bone marrow transplant. His doctor decided to look for a donor who had a rare genetic mutation that makes a person resistant to HIV infection.
A donor was then found. After having his own blood cells eradicated with radiation and powerful chemotherapy, Brown received the transplant with the anti-HIV mutation. While recovering, he was unable to take his anti-HIV drugs -- yet there was no sign of the virus in his body.

Five years later, Brown remains free of HIV. A recent report that there may be lingering virus in his body is not true, Brown proclaimed at the news conference.

"Despite what you may have heard recently, I am cured of the AIDS virus," Brown said. "I am cured and will remain cured."
Brown said that doctors have tried the same type of transplant on nine other leukemia patients with HIV. None of the others survived their cancer.



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