Second Patient ‘Cured’ of HIV, Doctors Say
A London man has become the second person in “sustained remission” from the virus after receiving a stem cell transplant and undergoing chemotherapy, according to a new study in Nature. The unidentified individual has not needed antiretroviral drugs since September 2017. Ten years ago, Timothy Brown — dubbed the “Berlin patient” — became the first person to be effectively cured of HIV using a similar method.
What does this mean for the masses? Researchers cautioned that this won’t change treatment for the average HIV patient, but will instead inform future research toward a cure.
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