Finally, AIDS Cure Discovered! UK patient 'free' of HIV after Stem Cell Treatment ~ helpBIOTECH

06 March 2019

Finally, AIDS Cure Discovered! UK patient 'free' of HIV after Stem Cell Treatment


A UK patient's HIV has become "undetectable" following a stem cell transplant - in only the second case of its kind, doctors report in Nature

The London patient, who was being treated for cancer, has now been in remission from HIV for 18 months and is no longer taking HIV drugs

The researchers say it is too early to say the patient is "cured" of HIV. Experts say the approach is not practical for treating most people with HIV but may one day help find a cure.

The male London patient, who has not been named, was diagnosed with HIV in 2003 and advanced Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2012.

How does it work?
CCR5 is the most commonly used receptor by HIV-1 - the virus strain of HIV that dominates around the world - to enter cells.
But a very small number of people who are resistant to HIV have two mutated copies of the CCR5 receptor.
This means the virus cannot penetrate cells in the body that it normally infects.

The London patient received stem cells from a donor with this specific genetic mutation, which made him resistant to HIV as well.


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