‘Berlin Patient’ may be the first person ever cured of AIDS

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A 45 year old man living in the Bay Area of San Francisco may be the first person ever to be cured of the disease, as the result of the discovery of an apparent HIV immunity gene.

The man, Timothy Ray Brown, was diagnosed with HIV in 1995 and whilst living in Berlin, Germany in 2007 underwent a bone marrow stem cell transplant which had surprising results. 

Brown has entered scientific journals as the first man ever to have had the HIV virus completely eliminated from his body.

“I quit taking my HIV medication the day that I got the transplant and haven’t had to take any since,” said Brown.

Scientists said Brown had received stem cells from a donor who was immune to HIV, an immunity that is actually present in 1% of Caucasians and thought by researchers to date from survivors of the Great Plague.

But whilst acknowledging the far-reaching implications this will have on areas of research, doctors have ruled out the procedure as a ‘cure’ with Dr. Paul Volberding, a pioneering AIDS researcher, explaining that :

“the Berlin Patient is a fascinating story, it’s not one that can be generalized.

“You don’t want to go out and get a bone marrow transplant because transplants themselves carry a real risk of mortality.”

“One element of his treatment, and we don’t know which, allowed apparently the virus to be purged from his body,” he observed. “So it’s going to be an interesting, I think productive area to study.”